Sunday, September 28, 2014

Demise of COIN?

One of the frequent conversations among members of the military (and observers of the military and conflict in general) is the future of counterinsurgency within the armed forces. Another observer has weighed in on the conversation. The writer wonders, with the closing of the Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who will pick up the functions of educating the force on COIN doctrine. While the draw down of forces capable of conducting COIN are probably necessary; there still needs to be an organization that picks up the responsibilities previously done by AIWC. This is especially true given that the U.S. military is more likely to engage in counterinsurgency type operations rather than general war in the near future. Read "Is COIN No Longer Relevant?", by Whitney Kassel in Cicero Magazine, September 22, 2014.

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