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Asymmetric Warfare: threat and response in the twenty-first century - Rod Thornton
Call Number: 355.0218 Thornton 2007
ISBN: 9780745633657
Publication Date: 2007-02-12
"In this clear and engaging introduction, Rod Thornton unpacks the meaning and significance of asymmetric warfare, in both civilian and military realms, and examines why it has become such an important subject for study. He seeks to provide answers to key questions, such as how weaker opponents apply asymmetric techniques against the Western world, and shows how the West's military superiority can be seriously undermined by asymmetric threats. The book concludes by looking at the ways in which the US, the state most vulnerable to asymmetric attack, is attempting to cope with some new battlefield realities."--Jacket.

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Beating Goliath: why insurgencies win / Jeffrey Record. - Jeffrey Record
Call Number: 355.0218 R298
ISBN: 1597970905
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
"Beating Goliath examines the phenomen of victories by the weak over the strong -- more specifically, insurgencies that suceeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines wy the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation." -- from the book cover.

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Castles, Battles, and Bombs: how economics explains military history - Jurgen Brauer; Hubert van Tuyll
Call Number: 355.0273 Brauer 2008
ISBN: 0226071634
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Castles, Battles, and Bombs reconsiders key episodes of military history from the point of view of economics-with dramatically insightful results. For example, when looked at as a question of sheer cost, the building of castles in the High Middle Ages seems almost inevitable: though stunningly expensive, a strong castle was far cheaper to maintain than a standing army. The authors also reexamine the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II and provide new insights into France's decision to develop nuclear weapons. Drawing on these examples and more, Brauer and Van Tuyll suggest lessons for today's military, from counterterrorist strategy and military manpower planning to the use of private military companies in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The Complexity of Modern Asymmetric Warfare - Max G. Manwaring; Edwin G. Corr (Afterword by); John T. Fishel (Foreword by)
Call Number: 355.0218 M2687 2012
ISBN: 0806142650
Publication Date: 2012-08-22
The insurgencies Manwaring describes span the globe. Beginning with conflicts in Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s and El Salvador in the 1980s, he goes on to cover the Shining Path and its resurgence in Peru, Al Qaeda in Spain, popular militias in Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil, the Russian youth group Nashi, and drugs and politics in Guatemala, as well as cyber warfare. Large, wealthy, well-armed nations such as the United States have learned from experience that these small wars and insurgencies do not resemble traditional wars fought between geographically distinct nation-state adversaries by easily identified military forces. Twenty-first-century irregular conflicts blur traditional distinctions among crime, terrorism, subversion, insurgency, militia, mercenary and gang activity, and warfare. Manwaring's multidimensional paradigm offers military and civilian leaders a much needed blueprint for achieving strategic victories and ensuring global security now and in the future. It combines military and police efforts with politics, diplomacy, economics, psychology, and ethics. The challenge he presents to civilian and military leaders is to take probable enemy perspectives into consideration, and turn resultant conceptions into strategic victories.

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Conflict in Afghanistan: studies in asymmetric warfare - Martin Ewans
Call Number: 958.1003 Ewans 2005
ISBN: 0415341604
Publication Date: 2005-09-20
Afghanistan and the Afghans -- The failure of diplomacy -- Invasion -- Occupation -- Disaster and withdrawal -- Lord Lytton's folly -- Occupation -- Retreat -- Amanullah's gamble -- The Communist takeover -- The Khalq regime -- The decision to invade -- Invasion and occupation -- Withdrawal -- Aftermath -- The United States, the Taliban, and al-Qa'ida.

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Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror - Robert M. Cassidy
Call Number: 355.0218 Cassidy 2006
ISBN: 9780804759663
Publication Date: 2008-01-25
World War X: The Revolution in Global Insurgency -- Big Powers and Small Wars: The Paradoxes of asymmetric conflict -- Russian military culture and counterinsurgency: Pavlov meets Jihad -- British military culture and counterinsurgency: less is better -- American military culture and counterinsurgency: another street without joy -- Success in counterinsurgency.

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Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the challenges of modern warfare - David H. Ucko; Robert Egnell; Colin Gray (Foreword by)
Call Number: 355.02180941 Ucko 2015
ISBN: 0231164270
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
"The British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when they tried to suppress insurgent violence and their effort to apply the principles and doctrines of past wars failed to prevent Basra and Helmand from descending into violence. By juxtaposing the deterioration of these campaigns against Britian's celebrated legacy of counterinsurgency, this investigation identifies both the contributions and limitations of traditional tactices in such settings, exposing a disconcerting gap between ambitions and resources." -- from the book cover

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The Flipside of the COIN: Israel's Lebanese Incursion Between 1982-2000 - Daniel Isaac Helmer
Call Number: 956.052 H478
ISBN: 0160776295
Publication Date: 2007-04-05
Understanding asymmetric warfare -- Strategic planning, strategic choices -- Strategic failure -

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Great Powers, Small Wars: asymmetric conflict since 1945 - Larisa Deriglazova
Call Number: 355.0218 Deriglazova 2014
ISBN: 1421414120
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
In sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova first surveys armed conflicts since World War II in which one opponent is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of Britain's decolonization after World War II and the United States' Iraq War beginning in 2003. The survey in Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. The case studies focus on the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped miltiary events more than military capacity and strategy.

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Invisible Armies: an epic history of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present - Max Boot
Call Number: 355.021809 Boot 2013
ISBN: 0871404249
Publication Date: 2013-01-15
A complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.

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Knife Fights : a memoir of modern war in theory and practice - John A. Nagl
Call Number: 355.02180973 Nagl 2014
ISBN: 1594204985
Publication Date: 2014-10-16
When John Nagl was an army tank commander in the first Gulf War of 1991, fresh out of West Point and Oxford, he could already see that America’s military superiority meant that the age of conventional combat was nearing an end. Nagl was an early convert to the view that America’s greatest future threats would come from asymmetric warfare—guerrillas, terrorists, and insurgents. But that made him an outsider within the army; and as if to double down on his dissidence, he scorned the conventional path to a general’s stars and got the military to send him back to Oxford to study the history of counterinsurgency in earnest, searching for guideposts for America. The result would become the bible of the counterinsurgency movement, a book called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Nagl is not blind to the costs or consequences of counterinsurgency, a policy he compared to “eating soup with a knife.” The men who died under his command in Iraq will haunt him to his grave. When it comes to war, there are only bad choices; the question is only which ones are better and which worse. Nagl’s memoir is a profound education in modern war—in theory, in practice, and in the often tortured relationship between the two. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of America’s soldiers and the purposes for which their lives are put at risk.

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The Savage Wars of Peace: small wars and the rise of American power - Max Boot
Call Number: 973 B7251
ISBN: 046500721X
Publication Date: 2003-05-29
""To conquer upon the sea"": Barbary Wars, 1801-1805, 1815 -- ""Butcher and bolt"": from the Marquesas, 1813, to China, 1859 -- Empire emerging: from Korea, 1871, to Samoa, 1899 -- Red summer: Boxer uprising, 1900 -- ""Attraction"" and ""Chastisement"": the Philippine War, 1899-1902 -- Carribean constabulary: Cuba:, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, 1898-1914 -- Lords of Hispaniola: Haiti, 1915-1934; Dominican Republic, 1916-1924 -- The dusty trail: the Pancho Villa punitive expedition, 1916-1917 -- Blood on the snow: Russia, 1918-1920 -- Chasing Sandino: Nicaragua, 1926-1933 -- ""By bluff alone"": China, 1901-1941 -- Lessons learned: the small wars manual -- Lessons unlearned: Vietnam, 1959-1975 -- In the shadow of Vietnam: the Powell doctrine and small wars in the 1990s -- In defense of the Pax Americana: small wars in the Twenty-First Century

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The Sling and the Stone: on war in the 21st century - Thomas X. Hammes
Call Number: 355.0218 Hammes 2004
ISBN: 0760320594
Publication Date: 2004-10-23
Four Generations of Warfare - First Two Generations of Modern War - Transition to Third Generation Warfare - Changes in Society - Mao and the Birth of Fourth-Generation Warfare - Vietnamese Modification - Sandinista Refinement - Intifada: Civilians vs. the Army - Al-Aqsa Intifada - Al-Qaeda: A Transnational Enemy - Afghanistan: a Tribal Network - Iraq: High-Tech versus Fourth-Generation - Technology: not a panacea - Characteristics of Fourth-Generation War - Where to from Here? Evaluating the Threat - Future is Flexibility.

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Winning Wars Amongst the People: Case Studies in Asymmetric Conflict - Peter A. Kiss
Call Number: 355.0218 Kiss 2014
ISBN: 9781612347004
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
"Since the end of World War II a paradigm shift has occurred in armed conflict. Asymmetric, or fourth-generation warfareùthe challenge of nonstate belligerents to the authority and power of the stateùhas become the dominant form of conflict, while interstate conventional war has become an increasingly irrelevant instrument of statecraft. In asymmetric conflicts the enemy is often a fellow citizen with a different vision for the future of the countryùwaging war among the people, maneuvering on the borderlines between parliamentary politics, street politics, criminal activity, and combat operations. Using five detailed case studies, Peter A. Kiss explains the fundamental differences between the paradigm of conventional warfare and that of asymmetric warfare as well as the latter's politcal, social and economic roots and main characteristics. Most important, he identifies the measures a government must take to prepare its security forces and other institutions of state for an asymmetric conflict." -- back cover

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Wrong Turn: America's deadly embrace of counterinsurgency - Gian Gentile
Call Number: 355.02180973 Gentile 2013
ISBN: 1595588744
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
"Colonel Gian Gentile's 2008 article "Misreading the Surge" in World Politics Review first exposed a growing rift among military intellectuals that has since been playing out in strategy sessions at the Pentagon, in classrooms at military academies, and on the pages of the New York Times. While the past years of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan have been dominated by the doctrine of counterinsurgency (COIN), Gentile and a small group of dissident officers and defense analysts have questioned the necessity and efficacy of COIN--essentially armed nation-building--in achieving the United States' limited core policy objective in Afghanistan: the destruction of Al Qaeda. Drawing both on the author's experiences as a combat battalion commander in the Iraq War and his research into the application of counterinsurgency in a variety of historical contexts, Wrong Turn is a brilliant summation of Gentile's views of the failures of COIN, as well as a searing reevaluation of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan. As the issue of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan inevitably rises to the top of the national agenda, Wrong Turn will be a major new touchstone for what went wrong and a vital new guide to the way forward. Note: the ideas in this book are the author's alone, not the Department of Defense's."-- Provided by publisher.

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