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A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War by Mark Moyar,Donald Kagan,Frederick Kagan

By Mark Moyar,Donald Kagan,Frederick Kagan

According to the present view of counterinsurgency, the most important to defeating insurgents is choosing tools that would win the people’s hearts and minds. The hearts-and-minds concept permeates not just so much counterinsurgency books of the twenty-first century yet  the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency box Manual, the U.S. military’s most suitable textual content on counterinsurgency. Mark Moyar assails this traditional knowledge, saying that the major to counterinsurgency is choosing commanders who've improved management talents. while the hearts-and-minds institution recommends allocating a lot hard work and treasure to monetary, social, and political reforms, Moyar advocates concentrating assets on safety, civil management, and management development.

Moyar provides a wide-ranging historical past of counterinsurgency, from the Civil conflict and Reconstruction to Afghanistan and Iraq, that attracts at the historic checklist and interviews with 1000's of counterinsurgency veterans, together with most sensible leaders in today’s militia. via a sequence of case experiences, Moyar identifies the 10 serious attributes of counterinsurgency management and divulges why those attributes were even more familiar in a few companies than others. He explains how the U.S. army and America’s allies in Afghanistan and Iraq should still revamp their body of workers structures for you to increase extra people with these attributes.

A query of Command will reshape the learn and perform of counterinsurgency struggle. With counterinsurgency now some of the most urgent concerns dealing with the us, this publication is a must-read for policymakers, army officials, and citizens.

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