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Counterinsurgency in CrisisBritain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare$
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David Ucko and Robert Egnell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164276

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164276.001.0001

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“A Horse and Tank Moment”

“A Horse and Tank Moment”

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(p.109) 4 “A Horse and Tank Moment”
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Counterinsurgency in Crisis
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David H. Ucko

Robert Egnell

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164276.003.0004

This chapter assesses Britain's response to its suboptimal counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. These operational experiences provided the impetus for a much-needed change. Operational reforms began with the publishing of up-to-date counterinsurgency manuals to provide a broader take on the problem of political instability and state failure, followed by an improved lessons-learned structure for honing the armed forces to identify, analyze, disseminate, and track lessons from the field. Nonetheless, the armed forces struggled with these problems: how to effectively merge the “conventional” and the “irregular” conceptions of war; and the issue of funding for these reforms with the onset of financial crisis in Britain.

Keywords:   Britain, counterinsurgency, Iraq operations, Afghanistan operations, British armed forces, counterinsurgency manuals, lessons-learned structure, political instability, state failure, war conceptions

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