to adapt, overcome and upgrade her comte d'guerre ensembe to hook up in any combatty environs.
Reviving the ancient dark arts of Surgin' is a great example - on it's release 4 years ago today, FM 3-24 sha'hab'd straight up the best seller list - with over 1.5 million plus downloads in it's 1st week! It totally xformed Great Satan's collective of psychic Combat Rock Stars into celebs and estabb'd the tricked out initialised 'COIN' into a safeword that won a close run thing.
Fast forward Surge's success in Iraq to AFPAK au courant:
"...Far from the generals in the Pentagon and Kabul, America’s front-line troops entrust their lives to junior officers officers in their 20s and early 30s who do much more than lead soldiers into combat. They must be coaches and therapists one minute, diplomats and dignitaries the next. They are asked to comprehend the machinations of Afghan allies even as they parry the attacks of Taliban foes."
In prep for difficult assignments, junior officers today ref Army’s FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency, a document which is weighted heavily towards preparing Great Satan's voltigueres to role play the role “Primary Counterinsurgent.”
Army Major Michael Few, veteran Surge actualizer and editor of Small Wars Journal, recently hit up several fellow field grader fellow alums of Great Satan's Warcraft Academy - Majors Joshua Thiel, Bryan Martin, William Marm, Christopher O’Gwin, Christopher Young, Gabriel Szody - along with Montana's exbear hunter/ Defense Analysis Professor Douglas Borer - for upgrading FM 3-24 to reflect hard won expertise, in the deadliest high stakes ever attempted.
Major Few graciously consented to exclusively consort (again!) with GsGf about reduxing COIN's holy text.
"...Courtney, FM 3-24 was born out of necessity. GEN Petraeus brought together a team of experts to provide the US military some desperately needed help while Iraq was spiraling out of control. The majority of the text covers the wisdom of David Galula, the godfather of population-centric counterinsurgency. It was a good start. Galula was smart, had a lot of experience, and could write, but, it was only a start. There are other ways to go about intervening.
"...The more that I study small wars, it becomes clear that rebellion, revolt, and secession are deeply nested into the fabric of human nature and history.
"...Fast forward several thousand years, the American story is a long line of internal small wars- revolt from the British Empire, Civil War and Reconstruction, Indian Wars, Civil Rights movement, drug wars, etc. Moreover, over the past three decades, sparked initially by the Cold War, increased after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and further agitated by the attacks of 9/11, the United States thrust itself into an era of persistent conflict.
"...While the bulk of the fighting occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan, military advisory efforts quietly expanded globally to include Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Philippines, Horn of Africa, and Yemen. Officially, by 2007, United States military personnel operate in over 150 countries throughout the world.
"...Simultaneously, hundreds of other personnel from the U.S. State Department, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Humanitarian Assistance Groups work tirelessly throughout the world to spread democracy, promote better governance, cure diseases, and enhance education.
"... Simply put, United States foreign policy, waxing and waning between neoliberalism and neoconservative thought, has been and is in the business of intervention as preventive medicine for the problems of genocide, terrorism, insurgencies, and drug wars.
"...In truth, we’ve been intervening in others affairs for quite a long time with mixed results. Outside the utility and the debates over the righteousness of such efforts, I felt that it was time to ask a series of questions concerning the people engaged in these small wars in order to see what they have to add to the collective body of knowledge.
Pic - "Drop everything, cross that river, help your brothers."