Simon over at The World According to Me takes some time and goes over his thoughts about the U.S. military’s efforts to rewrite FM 3-24. There’s really a lot here to read and it’s all prime stuff so I am loathe to reproduce it in bits and pieces. So, I’ll just link to the parts:
- COIN definitions: How we should think about counterinsurgency based upon the words we use
- Force Ratios: How many combatants do you need per insurgent to be guaranteed success? Is that even a question that makes sense?
- Clear, hold, build: Should we use this concept or is there another paradigm we should be considering?
- Theory and principles: What historical examples should we look to (and ignore) when talking about COIN?
- More theory and principles: Like above..just more.
- Centers of gravity and existential questions:
- Parameters of COIN: What sorts of causes and groups should be included in COIN discussions?
I’m not sure if there will be more parts but keep checking at his site for updates. If you’re even remotely interested in COIN, I recommend checking this out.