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Counterinsurgency


ALMAR 009-16 Guidance

Books listed under Professional Categories consist of recommended readings to expand understanding in certain areas.

  

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COUNTERINSURGENCY WARFARE: THEORY AND PRACTICE - David Galula
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Defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and tactics to combat such threats. Drawn from the observations of a French officer (David Galula) who witnessed guerrilla warfare on three continents, this book remains relevant today as American policymakers, military analysts, and members of the public look to the counterinsurgency era of the 1960s for lessons to apply to the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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LEARNING TO EAT SOUP WITH A KNIFE: COUNTERINSURGENCY LESSONS FROM MALAYA AND VIETNAM - John A. Nagl  Icon  Icon  Icon
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This book considers the crucial question of how armies adapt to changing circumstances during the course of conflicts for which they are initially unprepared. Through the use of archival sources and interviews with participants in both engagements, the author compares the development of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice in the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 with what developed in the Vietnam War from 1950 to 1975.

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STREET WITHOUT JOY - Bernard Fall
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Description of what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia: a costly and protracted revolutionary war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. In harrowing detail, the author describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict-ending in 1954 after the fall of Dien Bien Phu, in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.

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THE ACCIDENTAL GUERRILLA: FIGHTING SMALL WARS IN THE MIDST OF A BIG ONE - David Kilcullen  Icon
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Places the reader “on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Chechnya, Pakistan and North Africa. The author sees today's conflicts as a complex pairing of contrasting trends: local social networks and worldwide movements; traditional and postmodern culture; local insurgencies seeking autonomy and a broader pan-Islamic campaign. He warns that America's actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges.

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THE VILLAGE - Bing West  Icon  Icon  Icon
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The story of 15 resolute young Americans matched against two hundred Viet Cong; how a “Combined Action Platoon" (CAP) lived, fought and died, and why the villagers remember them to this day. Few American battles have been so extended, savage and personal. A handful of Americans volunteered to live among six thousand Vietnamese, training farmers to defend their village. Such CAPs are now a lost footnote about how the war could have been fought; only the villagers remain to bear witness. This book is also on the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Reading List.

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WAR COMES TO LONG AN: REVOLUTIONARY CONFLICT IN A VIETNAMESE PROVINCE - Jeffrey Race
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A study of the Vietnamese conflict examined through the lenses of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area. It offers a human, balanced, penetrating account of war.

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