TITLE

Innovation or Inertia: The U.S. Military and the Learning of Counterinsurgency

AUTHOR(S)
Ucko, David
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Orbis;Mar2008, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p290
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: Following its encounter with insurgent violence in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has sought to improve the U.S. military''s ability to conduct counterinsurgency. This effort suggests a potential turning-point in the history of the U.S. military, which has traditionally devoted its attention and resources to �high-intensity� or �conventional� combat. Given this institutional culture, what are now the prospects of the U.S. military �learning counterinsurgency�? In many ways, the ongoing reorientation is promising and targeted, informed directly by the U.S. campaign in Iraq. At the same time, Pentagon priorities still reveal a remarkable resistance to change, and this in spite of the radically altered strategic environment of the War on Terror. Given this intransigence � and the eventual fall-out from the troubled Iraq campaign � the ongoing learning of counterinsurgency might very well fail to produce the type of deep-rooted change needed to truly transform the U.S. military.
ACCESSION #
31456590

 

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