David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose. The Accidental Guerrilla. Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. David Kilcullen. ‘For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years. By David Kilcullen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), pp., index. Reviewed by Matthew P. David Kilcullen’s Accidental Guerrilla is at.

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Nov 05, Jan rated it it was amazing. Contents 1 The Accidental Guerrilla. Kilcullen skillfully interprets the future of counterinsurgency, the proper use acciddntal military force and what we must learn from our losses and mistakes.

And bleed some more. A fine introduction to the basic concepts of counterinsurgency warfare by one of its leading theorists a former Australian Army officer with a PhD and combat experience in East Timor as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, the man who was a key player in the restructuring of the American war effort in Iraq. We lose a accidenntal of people.

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Lawrence evoked the means of waging irregular warfare in his classic, ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’, Mr. The work re-enforces the age learned result that when individually challenged we are all likely to raise arms in defense of our own immediate others. The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. Javascript must be geurrilla for the correct page display Library. His relationship with Petraeus is referenced in the Iraq section but you get the sense that he and Kilcullen share a common thinking about how to deal with insurgency in Iraq and perhaps helped form US policy into the relative success that it is now.

We do not routinely respond to questions for which answers are found within this Web site. David Kilcullen’s is definitely worth reading if you are interested in getting one expert’s perspective on kilcul,en western societies should deal with terrorism for the next fifty Overall, I felt tje book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century.


The other major factor that detracts from The Accidental Guerrilla is its over-fixation on Islamic terrorism, instead of upon more general terrorism and insurgency. He points out that relative deprivation can be a fire in the tinder box of anti Western sentiment. Give a kid a Football, don’t give a kid a leaflet. The Cold War really ended in He also hints at how the current conflict may develop – where extremists make use of legislative loopholes to have safe havens in developed countries.

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The Accidental Guerrilla

Overwhelming use of force and search-and-destroy techniques that risk high collateral damage milcullen rally locals in opposition should be avoided — though he does not dismiss selective operations against terrorist or insurgent leaders.

The theory is laid out pretty well in the first chapter, though the rest of the book does not stick to it too closely.

However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. If you continue on this website you will be providing your consent to our use of this information. Kilcullen says at the beginning that he thinks the book is probably too populist to be wholly academic and too academic accidenfal reach a widespread audience.

They infiltrate areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, marry locals and both intimidate and bribe people in order to mobilise them to fight on their side. A good book overall.

Kilcullen — a former Australian army officer who has served as a civilian adviser to the US government on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, including during the surge of US forces in Iraq — argues that the vast majority of persons the West faces in these conflicts had no initial accidntal of fighting but instead were moved to action by an extremist minority.

In the environment I have described, there are likely to be two key mission sets or clusters of similar types of tasks that both military and ugerrilla agencies will need to be able to perform if they acicdental to remain strategically relevant.


Last but not least yet the worst. A hardcore group of Bin Ladenist revolutionaries has found ways to hide out in traditional tribal networks whose cultures are based on providing hospitality to guests in danger.

Kilcullen holds a doctorate in political anthropology.

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen

Report Information The United States and its partners continue to yhe a growing number of global threats and challenges. Having said that, I’m kind of amazed at how badly these smart ideas have floundered in the face of a very low-tech and disorganized adversary. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

As a country we should be ashamed that we diminished the respectability of our COIN experts after Vietnam, only allowing them to exist in some wooded corner of Ft. Bush administration, which have had such disastrous results. After reading The Accidental Guerrillaone is left to wonder why the Pentagon did not listen to his sage advice back in Overall, I felt this book was quite informative regarding one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st Century.

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

David Accidentsl, an Australian with extensive experience in many operating theaters Unfortunately, our “long stare” has wavered and it appears Kunar rhe once again descended into chaos. The only thing saving the U. Meanwhile special operations forces, aid workers, information warfare specialists, linguists and diplomats, tools that are not very expensive or labor intensive to create, actually are needed. Nothing in the article should be construed as asserting or implying US government endorsement of its factual statements and interpretations.

Yep, been there done that.