Monday, March 23, 2009

A surge in intelligent strategy

David Kilcullen, the man behind the shift in strategy that made the surge work, gave an interview to the Washington Post. Of particular interest are his thoughts on the dire situation Pakistan is in, as well as how he characterizes the reaction to his ideas in '04 and '05.

Kilcullen understands counterinsurgency better than anyone, and the tactics that he and Gen. Petraeus implemented in Iraq have obviously improved things. His "28 Articles of Counterinsurgency"(pdf) are well worth reading. They'll give you an idea of how the military has to change from a Cold War mentality to a new counterinsurgency mentality if it wants to be successful in "new wars". I have not yet picked up Kilcullen's new book, The Accidental Guerilla, but I hear good things, and I'll certainly be reading it.

And yes, I found this on Tom Ricks' blog. Again.

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