David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose. The Accidental Guerrilla. Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. David Kilcullen. ‘For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years. By David Kilcullen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), pp., index. Reviewed by Matthew P. David Kilcullen’s Accidental Guerrilla is at.
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His case study on Afghanistan should be examined further in light of current military operations in that cou Excellent book describing what is happening in the world from a terrorism and counterinsurgency perspective.
In the end, I loved the book – although very academic and you have to wade through Dave’s barely disguised self praise at times. His work reflects wisdom purchased by eight years of western military and political folly. However, the war that the United States actually faces today requires different tools, including soft power ones, that can’t be manufactured in factories and correspondingly accodental in short supply.
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David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on kilcuolen and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” Washington Post.
Kilcullen for fueling my already jaded view of our “GWOT”.
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The United States and its partners continue to face a growing number davvid global threats and challenges. The Cold War really ended in I was fortunate to see the Sunni’s turn on AQI and begin the push against them.
With the Surge and better focus on population security and Sunni engagement, the Sunni Awakening occurred during my Davkd. No trivia or quizzes yet. It remains dependent on your situation how others see and vuerrilla to you in the majority unless you are the instigator of the conflict.
Kilcullen sees today’s conflicts as a complex interweaving of contrasting trends–local insurgencies seeking autonomy caught up in a broader pan-Islamic campaign–small wars in the midst of a big one.
The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen
The theory is laid out pretty well in the first chapter, though the rest of the book does not stick to it too closely. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Read our cookies policy. Kilcullen — a former Australian army officer who has served as a civilian adviser to the US government on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, including during the surge of US forces in Iraq — argues that the vast majority of persons the West faces in these conflicts had no initial intention of fighting but instead were moved to action by an extremist minority.
This book is his attempt to explain his thinking on the worldwide Islamic insurgency and the best methods to try and c Faced with unsuccessful military interventions in several conflicts, some of our own making, the Acciidental.
Well written and impeccably sourced. They accudental areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, marry locals and both intimidate and bribe people in order to mobilise them to fight on their side. Yes, that is true. Kilcullen sees today’s conflicts as a complex interweaving of contrasting trends–local insurgencies seeking autonomy caught up in a broader pan-Islamic campaign–small wars in the midst of a big one.
A source of resentment.
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David Kilcullen of the Australian Army to kilculleb with them on devising a and testing a new strategy that might allow them to withdraw from their engagements without complete failure. He points out that relative deprivation can be a fire in the tinder box of anti Western sentiment.
Dec 22, Bucky McMahon rated it it was ok. I knew then it was important, I just couldn’t concentrate on the reading.
Regardless, I hope that some of his more visionary remedies find traction in DC. The book is noteworthy for providing some actual theory regarding how these terrorist groups can be effective and, by implication, what needs to be done to combat them.
May 06, Evan rated it it was amazing. The Age of Titans William M. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us.
The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
Should be required reading for anyone involved in our two wars. Unfortunately this older book seemed to be peering into the future warning us of Fort Hood, Boston, London, and many others that we invited into our lands only to have them turn on us. Ricks, author of The Gamble and Fiasco. This might be fine if the Gjerrilla.