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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This is not the best book for those new to the study of counterinsurgency. Selected pages Page 8. He is currently an advisor to NATO. Kilcullen was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Australian Army and served in a number of operational, strategic, command, and staff positions in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and Australian Defence Kilcu,len.


It encapsulates numerous particularly relevant insights into the tactical, operational, kkilcullen strategic challenges of counterinsurgency; plus it offers the most succinct overview of how to wage a global counterinsurgency anywhere. Kilcullen fought insurgents in Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Quick summary of things that Kilculpen found useful: Very interesting to see counterinssurgency from an Australian perspective. Books by David Kilcullen. Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. For a recent debate between the two perspectives, John A. Paperbackpages. They will have a capacity for protracted independent operations within a joint interagency framework.

Jun 07, Brian rated it it was ok Shelves: From the “Twenty-eight Articles” that initially went viral to a summary of his doctoral dissertation, Kilcullen’s analysis can now be located in one book. Hi 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”.


Retrieved 11 March David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” Washington Post. Retrieved 27 June This book served as a great introduction to counterinsurgency COIN for several reasons. The author makes many useful counterlnsurgency that kilcjllen worth serious pondering.

Lists with This Book. He readily admits the cultural differences that exist within and between kilculleen that can decrease operational capabilities but does not apply this same concept to the Islamist societies. This book is more is a random assortment of pieces by Kilcullen, ranging from articles published on disaggregation theory, to COIN in general, as well as monographs and combat briefs based on personal experience in the field.

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Ebook This title is available as an ebook. In CounterinsurgencyKilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. His ideas had a lot to do with the “surge” in Iraq at the end of the bush presidency and he was one of the primary authors of the militarys official counterinsurgency manual, which i would love to get my hands on.

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.

His research centered on counterinzurgency power diffusion in Indonesia during the Darul Islam Era of to and the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor of to Jan 28, Mike rated it really liked it. This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Counterinsurgency – Paperback – David Kilcullen – Oxford University Press

In Kilcullen’s last essay, he focuses on viable strategies to defeat the current global Islamist insurgency that makes up the War on Terror. Excellent book xounterinsurgency you are interested in the subject matter.


The nature of insurgency has changed since the s, 60s and 70s. The Age of Titans William M. The updated footnotes were very helpful. Kilcullen has a bit of a pretentious writing style, but there is some serious substance here.

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.

His bestselling book, The Accidental Kilcllen, published in springanalyses the complex interplay between local guerrillas and global terrorists in contemporary war zones from Africa to Southeast Asia.

Retrieved 17 January Jul 12, Jerome rated it did not like it Shelves: In his book Blood Yearpublished inKilcullen makes very clear his view that “there undeniably would be no Isis if we had not invaded Iraq.

I would liked to have seen the same quality of writing and kilcyllen of reader-engagement throughout, but because it is a collection of individual articles that span more than 10 years of study and experience Kilcullen presents really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency. Spiers and Jeremy A. Aug 18, Nicholas Callahan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 11, Hans rated it really liked it Shelves: As it happens, I think it was a mistake.