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A question of command [electronic resource] : counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq / Mark Moyar ; foreword by Donald Kagan and Frederick Kagan.

Author/Creator:
Moyar, Mark, 1971-
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (384 p.)
Series:
Yale library of military history.
Yale library of military history
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Subjects:
Counterinsurgency -- History.
Counterinsurgency -- United States -- History.
Command of troops.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
According to the prevailing view of counterinsurgency, the key to defeating insurgents is selecting methods that will win the people's hearts and minds. The hearts-and-minds theory permeates not only most counterinsurgency books of the twenty-first century but the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, the U.S. military's foremost text on counterinsurgency. Mark Moyar assails this conventional wisdom, asserting that the key to counterinsurgency is selecting commanders who have superior leadership abilities. Whereas the hearts-and-minds school recommends allocating much labor and treasure to economic, social, and political reforms, Moyar advocates concentrating resources on security, civil administration, and leadership development.Moyar presents a wide-ranging history of counterinsurgency, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to Afghanistan and Iraq, that draws on the historical record and interviews with hundreds of counterinsurgency veterans, including top leaders in today's armed forces. Through a series of case studies, Moyar identifies the ten critical attributes of counterinsurgency leadership and reveals why these attributes have been much more prevalent in some organizations than others. He explains how the U.S. military and America's allies in Afghanistan and Iraq should revamp their personnel systems in order to elevate more individuals with those attributes.A Question of Command will reshape the study and practice of counterinsurgency warfare. With counterinsurgency now one of the most pressing issues facing the United States, this book is a must-read for policymakers, military officers, and citizens.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Leader-Centric Warfare
2. The Civil War
3. Reconstruction in the South
4. The Philippine Insurrection
5. The Huk Rebellion
6. The Malayan Emergency
7. The Vietnam War
8. The Salvadoran Insurgency
9. The War in Afghanistan
10. The Iraq War
11. How to Win
Appendix: Counterinsurgency Leadership Survey
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Kagan, Donald
Kagan, Frederick
ISBN:
1-282-35328-4
9786612353284
0-300-15601-4
OCLC:
1024005480
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300156010 doi