Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror: Military Culture and Irregular War - Praeger Security International by Robert M. Cassidy
Since September 2001, the United States has launched what the government initially called the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Beginning in late 2005 and early 2006, the term "long war"…
Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror synopsis
Since September 2001, the United States has launched what the government initially called the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Beginning in late 2005 and early 2006, the term "long war" began to appear in US security documents such as the National Security Council's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq and in statements by the US Secretary of Defense and the Joint Military Commission.
The description of Long War-unlimited in time, space, and duration for decades is closer to reality and more useful than GWOT. Col.
Robert Cassidy argues that this protracted struggle is more explicitly seen as a global insurgency and counterinsurgency. He asserts that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are composed of a new and evolving form of intertwined rebels operating worldwide, and are harnessing the benefits of globalization and the information age. They use terrorism as a tactic and put terrorism in the context of their ultimate goal of undermining the Western-dominated system of nations.
The war against al-Qaida, its groups and allied organizations in the context of a global insurgency has vital implications for faith, inter-agency coordination and military cultural change - all of which have been reviewed in this important work. Cassidy combines the most important facts of the most prominent Western philosopher in the war and the most famous oriental philosopher in the war to reach a tripartite theme: Know the enemy, know yourself, and know the type of war you are embarking upon.
To help readers reach this understanding, it first presents a groundbreaking analysis of the base and associated networks, with particular emphasis on ideology and culture. In the following chapters, he explains the challenges facing the major powers when prosecuting the insurgency, using historical examples of Russian, American, British and French wars against the rebels before 2001. The book ends with recommendations for integration, command and control of local forces and others.
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