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Special Report: U.S. Military Doctrine After the Long War

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drove an evolution in U.S. military doctrine that saw the emergence and rapid rise to prominence of counterinsurgency and stability operations. With the U.S. preparing to leave Iraq and draw down its mission in Afghanistan, this WPR report examines U.S. military doctrine in -- and after -- the Long War.

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COIN in Iraq

Institutionalizing Adaptation: U.S. Counterinsurgency Capabilities Must Improve
By John A. Nagl and Brian M. Burton
August 5, 2008

Counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan: An Interview with John Nagl
By Urs Gehriger
September 18, 2008

Malaya and Algeria: Lessons in Counterinsurgency
By Stephen D. Sklenka
March 2, 2007

Iraqi Forces Will Boast Counterinsurgency Capabilities the U.S. Lacks
By David Axe
September 19, 2007

'Senator's Son' a Good Window into COIN
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
March 8, 2010

Misreading the Surge Threatens U.S. Army's Conventional Capabilities
By Gian P. Gentile
March 4, 2008

The Limits of the Surge: An Interview with Gian Gentile
By Judah Grunstein
April 11, 2008

COIN in Afghanistan

Kapisa Province: A COIN Case Study in Afghanistan
By Joshua Foust
March 31, 2009

Abu Muqawama on Afghanistan: An Interview with Andrew Exum
By Judah Grunstein
July 29, 2009

Beefing Up COIN-lite in Afghanistan and Pakistan
By Haider Mullick
December 11, 2009

Knowing When to Walk Away from Afghanistan
By Nikolas Gvosdev
June 25, 2010

U.S. Military Doctrine and Strategy

Counterinsurgents in the Halls of Power
By Spencer Ackerman
March 31, 2009

By Jack Kem
October 14, 2008

Airpower and Savage Wars
By Robert Farley
January 5, 2011

The Re-Enchantment of Network-Centric Warfare
By Adam Elkus
June 22, 2011

U.S. Army Must Define Role in a Future With No Enemies
By Robert Farley
September 28, 2011

Military Power in a Disorderly World
By David W. Barno
March 22, 2011