A new white paper published by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has been released about America’s involvement in irregular warfare for the past 250 years. The report was written by David Johnson who has followed up his 24-year-Army career by teaching at Georgetown and West Point. The report concludes that in many ways the United States is not prepared for modern irregular warfare, in particular our post-game (after the war) follow-up is particularly weak which leads to insurgency. The full paper is definitely worth a read and can be found at the CSBA website.
The United States has been continuously engaged in irregular combat since initiating operations in Afghanistan the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. homeland. Its military forces, particularly the Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Forces, have made significant adaptations after the onset of the insurgency in Iraq following the initial success of conventional operations there in 2003. Yet, victory—achieving the desired political objectives—in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to elude the United States more than fifteen years into the Global War on Terrorism despite significant investments in blood and treasure. This study endeavors to answer the question: Why is that?
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Jack served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and Gray Matter Splatter. His memoir, "Murphy's Law" is due for a 2019 release and can be pre-ordered now.