Thursday, September 22, 2011

Britain and Counterinsurgency - Puncturing the COIN Myth

The British are lauded for their vaunted expertise in counterinsurgency operations in past military ventures in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  However a recent document posted on the Strategic Studies Institute website of the United States Army War College has a different viewpoint. The document is entitled "Puncturing the Counterinsurgency Myth: Britain and Irregular Warfare in the Past, Present, and Future" by Dr. Andrew Mumford.  The brief Synopis posted reads like this:
"This monograph holds that an aura of mythology has surrounded conventional academic and military perceptions of British performance in the realm of irregular warfare. It identifies 10 myths regarding British counterinsurgency performance and seeks to puncture them by critically assessing the efficacy of the British way of counterinsurgency from the much-vaunted, yet over-hyped, Malayan Emergency to the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq in 2009. It challenges perceptions of the British military as an effective learning institution when it comes to irregular warfare and critically assesses traditional British counterinsurgency strategic maxims regarding hearts and minds and minimum force."
Hmmmmm.  I wonder what my Brit SAS friends would say?

If interested in the document click on the link below:

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1086

Click here to view other articles about counterinsurgency.

http://www.securityinfonet.com/military/counterinsurgency-COIN.htm

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