The COIN Conundrum

The COIN Conundrum

The Future of Counterinsurgency and U.S. Land Power

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Counterinsurgency (COIN) continues to be a controversial subject among military leaders. Critics argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made the U.S. military, particularly the Army, "COIN-centric." They maintain that equipping U.S. forces to combat insurgency has eroded their conventional war fighting capabilities. Those committed to preserving and even enhancing COIN capabilities, on the other hand, insist that doing so need not compromise the ability of the military to perform other tasks. They also point out that the likelihood of even a mid-level conventional war remains low while the probability of unconventional engagements is high. This monograph reviews the COIN debate, analyzes current force structure, and concludes that contrary to the more extreme positions taken by critics and proponents, the U.S. military has achieved a healthy balance between COIN and other capabilities.
Publisher: Carlisle, PA :, Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press,, 2016
ISBN: 1584877413
9781584877417
Branch Call Number: D 101.146:C 83/4
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 77 pages)

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