9780226080932

The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa: With E. D. Swinton's The Defence of Duffer's Drift

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226080932

  • ISBN10:

    0226080935

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the U.S. military found itself in a battle with a lethal and adaptive insurgency, where the divisions between enemy and ally were ambiguous at best, and working with the local population was essential for day-to-day survival. From the lessons they learned during multiple tours of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have pennedThe Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, an instructional parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with war in the postmodern era.In this tactical primer based on the military classicThe Defence of Duffer's Drift, a young officer deployed for the first time in Iraq receives ground-level lessons about urban combat, communications technology, and high-powered weaponry in an environment where policy meets reality. Over the course of six dreams, the inexperienced soldier fights the same battle again and again, learning each timethe hard waywhich false assumptions and misconceptions he needs to discard in order to help his men avoid being killed or captured. As the protagonist struggles with his missions and grapples with the consequences of his mistakes, he develops a keen understanding of counterinsurgency fundamentals and the potential pitfalls of working with the native population.Accompanied here by the original novella that inspired it,The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaaoffers an invaluable resource for cadets and junior military leaders seeking to master counterinsurgency warfareas well as general readers seeking a deeper understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction,The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaawill draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world.

Author Biography

Michael L. Burgoyne is a captain in the United States Army who was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. Currently, he is a student at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.

Albert J. Marckwardt, also a captain in the United States Army, served in Iraq in 2005 and 2007. He now serves as aide de camp to the commanding general at Fort Stewart, GA.

 

 

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms and Terms
Prologue
The First Dream
The Second Dream
The Third Dream
The Fourth Dream
The Fifth Dream
The Sixth Dream
nbsp; The Defence of Duffer’s Drift Background Information
Glossary
Preface
Prologue
First Dream
Second Dream
Third Dream
Fourth Dream
Fifth Dream
Sixth Dream
Appendix: Web Site Information
Bibliography
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