April 12, 2006

Fealty To The King Of Battle

Michael Yon's latest dispatch includes a paper on counterinsurgency warfare written by Australian Army LTC David Kilcullen Ph.D. titled Twenty-Eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company Level Counterinsurgency. RTWT, as they say, but here are two excerpts:

23. Practise armed civil affairs. Counterinsurgency is armed social work; an attempt to redress basic social and political problems while being shot at.
I don't think I've ever heard CI summarized so neatly.

But there's also this, which reminds you of the potential consequences of crossing the King of Battle:

What if higher headquarters doesn't "get" counterinsurgency? Higher headquarters is telling you the mission is to "kill terrorist", or pushing for high-speed armored patrols and a base-camp mentality.

. . .

Over time, you will find ways to do what you have to do. But never lie to higher headquarters about your locations or activities: they own the indirect fires. [emphasis added]
Getting a 155 round dropped on your head because your DS battalion didn't know you were where you were can ruin your whole day.

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Posted by Chris at April 12, 2006 11:18 AM

Category: General Weirdness
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Two thoughts:

"25. Fight the enemy's strategy, not his forces."
Someone has been reading Sun Tzu.

and

Murphy's Rules of combat #[I forget which number]: Friendly fire isn't.

and

How often has Australia been involved in CI operations?

THREE! three thoughts. Sun Tzu, Friendly fire isn't, questioning Australian CI expertise, and nice red uniforms.

damn.

AMONGST my reactions to this article are such diverse thoughts as...

Posted by: Jim of St. Grimblefig's Monastery at April 12, 2006 12:48 PM

C'mon, Jim - surely you can work a 'fanatical obedience to the Pope' reference in there!

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at April 12, 2006 02:50 PM