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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Filled with down-to-earth, common-sense insights, this book is the definitive account of counterinsurgency, indispensable for all those interested in making sense of our world in an age of terror. Selected pages Page 8. While Kilcullen’s emphasis on a population-centric approach to COIN, the importance alleviating suffering for the populace may be overstated. Dec 10, Andy rated it really liked it. Fundamentals of Company-Level Counterinsurgencyas well as incorporating concepts and updates from later works, including The Accidental Guerrilla.

I would liked to have seen the same quality of writing and level of reader-engagement throughout, but because it is a collection of individual articles that span more than 10 years of study and experience, the quality varies from chapter to chapter.

It recounts historical approaches to COIN, providing insight on how operations may be conducted and in what ways they may affect a target audience. Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen David Kilcullen is one of the most innovative contemporary thinkers on counterisurgency, and this book presents his key articles in handy form Published in a kilculllen format designed to be carried, in the field, in a shirt or trouser pocket Includes additional notes by Kilcullen on how the documents were written.

I didn’t actually finish reading this xounterinsurgency, and have no desire to ever do so.

There are many organizational strategy and insights from both the insurgency and counterinsurgency perspective that can be applied outside the theatre of war. Techniques of Guerrilla Warfarethese are now quite dated.

Inhe became a senior analyst in the Australian Office of National Assessmentswhere he served on the writing team for the Australian Government’s Terrorism White Paper, “Transnational Terrorism: Unless you literally want to burn everything down until there isn’t anything left it is a poor choice for fighting a counter-insurgency. Lots of good background throughout.


Center for a New American Security. The paper’s publication history is an illustration of new methods of knowledge propagation in the military-professional community. Counterinssurgency another article, Kilcullen recalls an engagement that took place in East Timor, where he was company commander of an Australian intervention force. Nagl and Gian P. However, he neglects to examine whether or not it’s even possible coumterinsurgency mobilize a global Muslim populace in a global insurgency.

A couple of the articles were, for me, text-book dry. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s foremost experts on guerrilla warfare. Additionally, because the book talks a great deal about how operations are conducted, it is informative for intelligence analysts supporting COIN. He drew on ethnographic methods to research traditional systems of governance in East Timor and West Papua. Kilcullen was counterknsurgency as a lieutenant cunterinsurgency the Australian Army and served in a number of operational, strategic, command, and staff positions in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and Australian Defence Force.

Jul 12, Jacob Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 11, Jonard rated it really liked it. In many ways applicable to non-combat but otherwise hostile environments and populations.

David Kilcullen

Interestingly, on the subject of the Vietnam war, he echoes the diagnosis of former CIA director Colby, whose biography I just finished, i. Hurst- Afghan War, – pages. Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, provides a wealth of information for COIN practitioners that stems from extensive hands-on experience.

He kilcuullen design and implement the Regional Strategic Initiative, the policy that drives United States counter-terrorism diplomacy worldwide.

Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen

Retrieved 28 June Counterinsurgency David Kilcullen No preview available – My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lists kilcyllen This Book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s of interest if you’re a professional, perhaps, or for context in 20th century military history, but it is certainly not worth reading for pleasure or casual interest.

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Kilcullen represents one of the more prominent experts that recommend alleviating vounterinsurgency much suffering as possible for the populace and the reader should be aware of critiques of that perspective. 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 The main drawback is that it is more of a collection of previously published articles instead of a coherent and connected text.


Archived from the original on 23 June Now this isn’t to say that this could change. In fact indiscriminate violence is more like using gasoline to put out a fire. Not much new information. Kilcullen’s paper “Twenty-Eight Articles” [24] is a practical guide for junior officers and non-commissioned officers engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan and Counterunsurgency.

Very good book, makes very strong arguments.

David John Kilcullen FRGS born is an Australian author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert and is currently the non-executive Chairman of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design consulting firm that he founded. 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 Kilcullen has argued in most of his works for a deeper cultural understanding of the conflict environment, an approach he has called conflict ethnography: The American public and American military has been for years not very effective with fighting counterinsurgency and there are a variety of reasons for this.

The author is one of the most respected and influential military thinkers currently influencing american policy. Although the collection seems quite random at times, ranging from personal experiences of conflict in East Timor, to Indonesian COIN, to how to measure success in Afghanistan, it is all interesting stuff.