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Learning from Iraq: Counterinsurgency in American Strategy
by Steven Metz
While the involvement of the United States in counterinsurgency has a long history, it had faded in importance in the years following the end of the Cold War. When American forces first confronted it in Iraq, they were not fully prepared. Since then, the U.S. military and other government agencies have expended much effort to refine their counterinsurgency capabilities. ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Strategic Studies Institute U. S. Army War College
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Steven Metz' work, published by the estimable Strategic Studies Institute of the U. S. Army War College, is a sound, useful brief analysis of lessons learned in Iraq regarding counterinsurgency. He begins by noting that (page v)): "Iraq. . .has forced the U.S. military to relearn counterinsurgency on the fly." He observes that since 2003, there has developed a deadly competitive learning game between insurgents and counterinsurgents. Metz' starting point regarding the problems with the American ...more