Full listing of US Army Field Manuals

#3
I still find it ridiculous that after all this time and fighting two such operations for some years, there still isn't a formal COIN manual listed here. The counter-guerilla manual doesn't cut it.

I know there was a draft copy (FM 3.07) which was written in 2004 but that draft "expired" last year. It wasn't v good (pretty much a bastardisation of the UK AFM Vol 1 Pt 10 with some utterly bizarre Americanisms thrown in for good measure) but it was something.

Perhaps the US has just given up with even attempting to deal with the idea of "hearts and minds".

Any yanks out there who can comment?
 
#4
in_the_cheapseats said:
I still find it ridiculous that after all this time and fighting two such operations for some years, there still isn't a formal COIN manual listed here. The counter-guerilla manual doesn't cut it.

I know there was a draft copy (FM 3.07) which was written in 2004 but that draft "expired" last year. It wasn't v good (pretty much a bastardisation of the UK AFM Vol 1 Pt 10 with some utterly bizarre Americanisms thrown in for good measure) but it was something.

Perhaps the US has just given up with even attempting to deal with the idea of "hearts and minds".

Any yanks out there who can comment?
FM 3-24 (Counterinsurgency) was released in Dec of '06. The current CIC in Iraq, Gen. Petraeus oversaw it's production.

Here is the LINK (caution, very large PDF).
 
#5
Cheers, Virgil

First look it is a huge step forward. Good news that the USMC are using the same document. Their Small Wars Manual was v good but it was a little dated.

I like the bit

For example, the history of the British Isles includes many recurring insurgencies by subjugated peoples based on ethnic identities
I take it that's the English giving the Scots and Irish a good kicking!? :thumleft:

I also like

At that time, the North Vietnamese shifted their focus from defeating U.S. forces in Vietnam to weakening U.S. will at home. These actions expedited U.S. withdrawal and laid the groundwork for the North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
It is generally best to learn from lessons closest to home. A lesson that appears to have been learned in the production of this document.

All we need now is for the yanks at a tactical level to start applying the mentality called for. Perhaps in time for the next war? :winkrazz:
 
#8
" How are you getting on in the colonies Virgil? Managing alright since we left are you?"
 

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