There's little in Newsweek's review of David Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency that hasn't been said by either Karaka Pend or me.
Over a month ago.
I need a new job.
The stamp-embossed cover and near-pocket-size trim make for ingenious packaging. With photos, diagrams, and maps throughout, this is a book for the field—you can almost see it stuck in a camouflaged backpack in Helmand province.--Newsweek
Kilcullen has taken a number of critical counterinsurgency lessons–some gained through harrowing experience–and packaged them in a handy, notebook-sized publication...I’ll certainly have it in my assault bag during my next deployment (whenever that might be). You should, too.--Me
Early on, Kilcullen drives home the point that success comes by changing with the environment: “counterinsurgency is at heart an adaptation battle.”--Newsweek
In short, the two recurring themes are flexibility and analysis. The counterinsurgent must be prepared to change his or her actions as the situation on the ground changes; and he or she must be prepared to review and analyze that situation and all its component parts. Good advice, but more than that, essential practice for effective operation.--Karaka PendThe final grade? I gave it a four out of five stars. Karaka Pend said it was a good read, but left something to be desired (METRICS, I tell you, METRICS!). Newsweek gave it a high B.
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