New Interagency COIN Manual
Small Wars Journal passes on word that the State Department is working on a new interagency manual entitled “Counterinsurgency for U.S. Government Policymakers: A Work in Progress.” Given that State and other non-military agencies are critical to successful counterinsurgency, it’s good to see them working this issue.
SWJ’s editors are right, though, that we’re a long way from an effective interagency process. Indeed, we’re still fighting to get Defense on board. Inside Defense, the subscription-only source for the report, features this on their front page:
ARMY OPPOSES PERMANENT ADVISER CORPS TO TRAIN FOREIGN FORCES
The Army has rejected calls by counterinsurgency expert Lt. Col. John Nagl and others to create a permanent adviser corps to help mentor indigenous security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan because the service says it is already providing those same capabilities.
Because, after all, this is just a diversion from the real military mission of warfighting.