February 18, 2014

Counterinsurgency expert: We need to rethink how we fight

By David Asher

Source: The Tampa Tribune

Journalist(s) Howard Altman

TAMPA — David Kilcullen, who helped write the military’s guide to waging the counterinsurgency campaign used in Iraq and Afghanistan, says it is time to rethink that effort as the world continues to change.

Speaking on the opening day of a two-day conference put on by the University of South Florida’s Citizenship Initiative, Kilcullen says a changing world calls for a changing approach.

A former Australian Army officer who later became a senior counter-insurgency advisor to Army Gen. David Petraeus and then served as special advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Kilcullen laid out a vision for the future that outpaces what previous doctrine can handle.

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  • David Asher

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Dr. David Asher is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he specializes in Economics and Security as well as Asia strategy. His curr...