January 25, 2010

A Question of Command

Most writing on counterinsurgency has focused on identifying the strategies that will win the hearts and minds of the population that the insurgents are fighting within. Moyar makes a different argument, asserting instead that superior leadership skills are the key to winning in an insurgency. He advocates concentrating resources on security, civil administration and leadership development, rather than on economic, social, and political reforms. Based on historical materials beginning with the Civil war as well as interviews with veterans of counterinsurgency battles, Moyar identifies critical leadership attributes and why these traits make leaders more successful in counterinsurgency environments. This book is eye-opening, particularly for those who have been involved in the War in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq
Mark Moyar
U 241 .M69 2009