Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War – Lessons from History about Confronting Irregular Adversaries

A new study has been released by CSBA, “Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War,”¬†which looks at the US’s history in confronting irregular adversaries over the last 250 years, with recommendations for the future. Because COIN is hard and messy, our natural temptation is to pivot away quickly and […]

The Lingering Effects of Concrete Barriers in COIN

In counterinsurgency operations, tactical successes can often lead to strategic failure. Thus the oft-repeated admonishment to consider second and third order effects. And one of the reasons for this paradox is the prolonged time-horizons inherent in counterinsurgency, as is aptly demonstrated in an article published by West Point’s Modern War Institute: The concrete barriers emplaced […]

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

The most iconic form of irregular warfare is that of insurgency (not to be confused with guerilla warfare), and its necessary counterpart, counterinsurgency. COIN, as it is often referred to, is even more iconic of IW than many imagine, since counterinsurgency campaigns often take on the superficial guise of counterterrorism for political purposes. However, in […]