Perspectives on the American Way of War examines salient cases of American experience in irregular warfare, focusing upon the post-World War II era.
This book asks why recent misfires have emerged in American involvement in irregular warfare despite taking place within an institutional, professional, and academic context which regularly produces evidence that, in fact, there is no lack of understanding of both irregular challenges and correct responses. Expert contributors explore the reasoning behind the failure to achieve victory, however defined, and argue that what security professionals have failed to fully recognize, even today, is that at issue is not warfare suffused with politics but rather the very opposite, politics suffused with warfare.
Perspectives on the American Way of War will be of great interest so scholars of war and conflict studies, strategic and military studies, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and terrorism & counterterrorism. The book originally published as a special issue of Small Wars & Insurgencies.
Introduction: Perspectives on the American way of war: the U.S. experience in irregular conflict
Thomas A. Marks and Kirklin J. Bateman
1. The Mexican War: frontier expansion and selective incursion
Craig A. Deare
2. Birth of the Cold War: irregular warfare first blood in Greece
3. Organizing for the ‘gray zone’ fight: early Cold War realities and the CIA’s Directorate of Operations
David P. Oakley
4. Counterinsurgency in Vietnam – schizophrenia until too late
5. Turning gangsters into allies: the American way of war in Northern Afghanistan
Matthew P. Dearing
6. Iraq, 2003–2011: succeeding to fail
Jeanne Godfroy and Liam Collins
7. The American way of war in Africa: the case of Niger
LTC Joseph Guido
8. Too little, too late: protecting American soft networks in COIN/CT
Steve Miska and Samuel Romano
9. Systems failure: the US way of irregular warfare
David H. Ucko