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IRAQ’S INSURGENCY – MORE NETWAR THAN GUERILLA WAR

RAND corporation has a gloomy though tightly written assessment of American Counterinsurgency policy in Iraq. Reader’s digest version:

1) The CPA and ground command failed to initiate any kind of tactics known

to be effective in countering insurgents in classic guerilla warfare situations.

2) Iraq’s insurgency does not resemble or function like a classic guerilla

resistance. It’s the Netwar, stupid.

It is absolutely imperative the American policy makers, military leaders and analysts get an intellectual grip on what is happening on the ground in Iraq and provide operational space for military commanders and civil affairs officers to make innovative and systemic adaptations to tactics, policy and political message. Iraq presages an era asymmetric combat for the United States across all domains until we demonstrate the ability to retain the initiative and use our disparate power effectively.

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