Academic journal article Military Review

The U.S. Army/marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

Academic journal article Military Review

The U.S. Army/marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

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THE U.S. ARMY/MARINE CORPS COUNTERINSURGENCY FIELD MANUAL, forewords by General David H. Petraeus, Lieutenant General James F. Amos, and Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl, introduction by Sarah Sewall, The University of Chicago Press, IL, 2007,473 pages, $15.00.

Why should anyone pay for a copy of Field Manual (FM) 3-24 (Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5)? There are three reasons: The University of Chicago edition has a rugged cover, rounded comers, and fits into Army Combat Uniform-cargo-trouser pockets; Sarah Sewall's introduction is worth the price of the book alone, and part of the book's profit goes to the Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families.

After Vietnam, counterinsurgency disappeared from the Army's concerns. The few thin manuals on it that appeared during the 1980s were not mainstream reading. The first counterinsurgency manual released after 9/11 was FM 3-07.22, Counterinsurgency Operations, on 1 October 2004. Lead author Lieutenant Colonel Jay Horvath's efforts resulted in an interim manual-not quite doctrine, but greatly debated in the field. FM 3-24 is a new field manual, not just a reissue of old concepts and platitudes.lt incorporates the efforts of some of the Army's leading theorists and practitioners of counterinsurgency, among them Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl and Colonel (retired) Conrad Crane, as well as journalists, human rights advocates, and academics. The FM's wide readership includes insurgents in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. …

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