Military Culture and Counterinsurgency in the Twenty First Century: Defeating Boko Haram in Nigeria
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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From the advent of conventional military forces, engaging in set piece battles against themselves, large armies have generally abhorred unconventional fights. Following WWII, the dismal performance of powerful military forces against relatively inferior irregular foes has been a subject of debate among military theorists. The objective of this paper is to show how military cultures have influenced the performance of conventional forces in irregular warfare. It exploits how conventional militaries can best adapt to the changing nature of warfare in the twenty-first century, by applying lessons learnt from centuries of irregular warfare.