Book On "other war" : lessons from five decades of RAND counterinsurgency research / Austin Long.
Associated Name: United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Associated Name: National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
Publication year: 2006.
Call Number U241 .L66 2006
Media class: Book
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand National Defense Research Institute
ISBN: 0833039261 9780833039262
"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
"The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The research was conducted in the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the OSD, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community under Contract W74V8H-06-C-0002"--T.p. verso.
"MG-482-OSD"--P.  of cover.
Series title: Rand Corporation monograph series
Extent: xvii, 101 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"The body of work generated from this study covers many aspects of COIN, from the most abstract theories of why insurgency takes place to tactical operations. It also covers a wide array of cases, varied in both geography and time, from the British experience in Malaya to the French in Algeria to the United States in El Salvador. However, the research is limited in that almost all of it is based on cases that occurred in the context of the Cold War ... This study is based on the premise that, while many specific details do indeed vary greatly, insurgency and counterinsurgency is a more general phenomenon that is not a product of Cold War peculiarities."--P. ix-x.
Introduction -- The wizards of less-than-Armageddon : Rand and COIN -- Analogies and war : are theory and empirics from prior COIN relevant? -- COIN theory : what are insurgencies and how does one fight them? -- The social scientists' wars : RAND and COIN practice -- COIN old and new.