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

Jul 11, Lars Lofgren rated it really liked it. Choose your country or region Close. Retrieved 16 January View all 3 comments. 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. Kilcullen fought insurgents in Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan. A bit dated considering this largely contains pre-ISIS material, but his review of insurgency and counterinsurgency theory alone is concise and invaluable.

For practitioners and scholars of COIN, this book is essential if the reader is unfamiliar with Kilcullen’s writings.

Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen – Google Books

In another article, Kilcullen recalls an engagement that took place in East Timor, where he was coungerinsurgency commander of an Australian intervention force. For more reviews and a summary of Kilcullen’s main points, find us at Hand of Reason. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Here is a picture of modern warfare by someone who has had his boots on the ground in some of today’s worst trouble spots-including Iraq and Afghanistan-and who has been studying counterinsurgency since And it was dating quite quickly.


Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen Limited preview – Only time will tell because thus far the American Public and Military have been pretty resistant to adapting.


These teams will be small, semi-autonomous and highly networked, incorporating traditional elements of kilcullsn combined arms team as well as non-traditional elements such as civil affairsintelligence and psychological warfare capabilities. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I’m learning that I should read every word Kilcullen writes. For the general audience or those that already follow the work of Kilcullen, there are likely more pressing books to give priority to.

The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. They hired me anyway. 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. This is not the best book for those new to the study of counterinsurgency. The article on the insurgencies in Western Java and East Timor was very informative, as I did not know much about them.

Oct 11, Jonard rated it really liked it. While Kilcullen offers kilcullwn 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.


David Kilcullen – Wikipedia

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 a current adviser to the United States, British, Australian and counterinsurgenc allied governments. Nagl and Gian P. It’s the first in a long time that I have to say that about, fiction or non-fiction.

A book that takes a pragmatic look at counter-insurgency; and grounded in both research and reality.

Lots of good background throughout. Lists with This Book. Queer Dance Clare Croft. Insurgents may not be seeking to overthrow the state, may have no coherent strategy or may pursue a faith-based approach difficult to counter with traditional methods. Both the bottom up versus top down approaches used in reducing the threat of insurgency and the approach of insurgencies as a counterinsurgnecy system proved to be highlights of the book for me.

Australian Political Science Association Conference Additionally, because the book talks a great deal about how operations are conducted, it is informative for intelligence analysts supporting COIN. Stalin’s Agent Boris Volodarsky.