Future COIN, Present Doctrine: Assessing U.S. Counterinsurgency Guidance at the Operational Level of War
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Over the last decade, military counterinsurgent COIN operations have risen to a place of prominence. Much of the U.S. COIN doctrine was derived from an analysis of major COIN operations in the last century, before the rise of transnational terror groups fomenting uprisings fueled by radical ideologies. This paper will explore the basis for contemporary COIN principles, analyze the essential differences between historical and contemporary insurgencies, and discuss the adequacy of current COIN doctrine. Finally, the paper will offer recommendations for additional factors the commander should consider in planning for future COIN operations.
- Unconventional Warfare