David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are. can defeat anything with less strength. Twenty-Eight Articles: Fundamentals of. Company-Level Counterinsurgency by Dr. David Kilcullen, Lieutenant Colonel. Counter-insurgency is fashionable again: more has been written on it in the last four years David Kilcullen is Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for .

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David Kilcullen

I paricularly enjoyed the “28 Principles” and his battle report from Motain Bridge. Understanding Insurgency and Counterinsurgency. This brief book distills that vision in an easily readable and practical format, through a completely revised and updated vounterinsurgency of his cult classic “The Twenty-Eight Articles”, a field practitioner’s guide to the fundamentals of counterinsurgency, which has become the essential handbook jilcullen generations of allied military officers and civilian officials in Iraq and Afghanistan, has become part of the course of instruction at military academies and counterinsurgency schools kilculleen, and has been translated into Arabic and Spanish.

His research centered on investigating power diffusion in Indonesia during the Darul Islam Era of to and the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor of to Academic Skip to main content.

Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen Limited preview – His final chapter on treating global extremist terrorism as a global-level insurgency makes sense, as would his suggestions on how to tackle the issue. The actions of individuals and the propaganda effect of a subjective “single narrative” may far outweigh practical progress, rendering counter-insurgency even more non-linear and unpredictable than before.

I’ve heard that The Accidental Guerrilla is better, so I’ll be reading that shortly, but this is a useful book that adds onto the US Army Field Manual on Counterinsurgency with a more tactical, on-the-ground-level point of view to it.

The paper’s publication history is an illustration of new methods of knowledge propagation in the military-professional community. Unless you literally want to burn everything down until there isn’t anything left it is a poor choice for fighting a counter-insurgency. Journal of Strategic Studies. Retrieved 28 June The Threat to Australia”. Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, provides a wealth of informatio Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field.


I’m working my way thru the military’s recommended reading list, reading and listening to whatever I can get my hands on. Open Preview See a Problem? Nagl and Gian P. The ability to tolerate and integrate different opinions, and thus to self-correct, is one of the foremost strengths of our form of government, and I suspect this is true of all administrations, though perhaps it is true of some more than others.

His reflections on counterinsurgency reveal a healthy respect for same processes of bottom-up development that Bill Easterly emphasizes in his economic work. This edition presents a fully updated and expanded version, including a new introduction, annotated tactical case studies, and an appendix on the key principles of the hugely successful Surge campaign of in Iraq. The question of whether we were right to invade Iraq is a fascinating debate for historians and politicians, and a valid issue for the American people to consider in an election year.

Why I finished it: Issued as a rugged, pocket-sized field handbook, this modern classic will be an indispensable aid to a new generation of field officers, as well as a concise and accessible primer for students and the general reader. Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced the United States’ decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement “the Surge,” now recognized as a dramatic success.

Counterinsurgency – Paperback – David Kilcullen – Oxford University Press

His vision of war has been enormously influential, through his service as senior counterinsurgency adviser to General David Petraeus during the Surge in Iraq, as special adviser to the United States Secretary of State, and as Not only does this book illustrate what is being done to put down resistance to american imperialism overseas in Iraq and afghanistan, but it also shines light on what we see happening here in our country against supposed “eco-terrorists”.


Communism has been replaced by an Islamist Jihad, technology and economic development are quite different. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The concept claims that future conflicts will feature asymmetric threats requiring land forces to be flexible, able to deploy quickly and operate in urban terrain. Feb 06, Martin Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: Now this isn’t to say that this could change. The Age of Titans William M. Quick summary of things that I found useful: While Kilcullen offers a highly intelligent strategy to combat radical Islamist terrorism through “disaggregation,” his implicit assumption that this insurgency possesses legitimate challenges to the West may be overstated.

Kilcullen argues that counter-insurgency operations, whether successful or not, cause the diffusion of political power from central to local leaders and that populations are the major actors in insurgency and counter-insurgency dynamics.

Both the bottom up versus top down approaches used in reducing the threat of insurgency and the approach of insurgencies as a complex system proved to be highlights of the book for me.

View all 3 comments. Aug 18, Nicholas Callahan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unlike Kilcullen’s other books, the articles collected here are mostly dry and dull. For the general audience or those that already follow the work of Kilcullen, there are likely more pressing books to give priority to.

In Kilcullen’s last essay, he focuses on viable strategies to defeat the current global Islamist insurgency that makes up the War on Terror. The description of the firefight with a militia group illustrated the boots-on-the-ground realities of combat in the region, though didn’t really do much towards the larger theme of the book.

Kilcullen argues that targeted killings with drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a mistake. Living in the Crosshairs David S. Out of the Mountains David Kilcullen.