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COIN Studies: the Casebook on Revolutionary Warfare and Insurgency

Training and mindset trumps gear. Even a gear blog must make that clear. Here's something for you warrior scholars, courtesy of one of my must-read sites, the Warfare Center Blog. It is the Casebook on Revolutionary Warfare and Insurgency Volume II 1962-2009. It contains a little less than 20 MB of information (888 pages) collated and produced by the US Army Special Operations Command and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab National Security Analysis Department. Four years in the making, it updates the original document produced in the 1960s by SORO (Special Operations Research Office). It has cases studies ranging from the Shining Path and the revolution in Iran in 1979 to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the 2005 Orange Revolution in the Ukraine. (Vol I was accomplished by SORO in 1962.)

I am proud to present this collection of twenty-three outstanding case studies of insurgencies and revolutions as a survey of modern unconventional warfare...Brigadier General Bennet S. Sacolick, USAJFKSWCS Commanding General

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta is one case study in the book. This is Jomo Gbomo, spokesman for MEND.

“In a rare spare moment during a training exercise, the Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) Team Sergeant took an old book down from the shelf and tossed it into the young Green Beret’s lap. “Read and learn.” The book on human factors considerations in insurgencies was already more than twenty years old and very out of vogue. But the younger sergeant soon became engrossed and took other forgotten revolution-related texts off the shelf, including the 1962 Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare, which described the organization of undergrounds and the motivations and behaviors of revolutionaries. He became a student of the history of unconventional warfare and soon championed its revival as a teaching subject for the US Army Special Forces. When his country faced pop-up resistance in Iraq and tenacious guerrilla bands in Afghanistan during the mid-2000s, his vision of modernizing the research and reintroducing it into standard education and training took hold.

This second volume owes its creation to the vision of that young Green Beret, Paul Tompkins, and to the challenge that his sergeant, Ed Brody, threw into his lap.”

Read the article and get the link: http://blog.warfarecenter.com/2012/07/09/casebook-on-revolutionary-warfare-and-insurgency-volume-ii-1962-2009/

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The original 23 cases of Vol I can be located here.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD……………………………………………………………………………………ii

PREFACE………………………………………………………………………………………… v

INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………ix

I. REVOLUTION TO MODIFY THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT……….. 1

1. New People’s Army (NPA)…………………………………………………….5

2. Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)……….39

3. Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path)……………………………………..71

4. 1979 Iranian Revolution……………………………………………………113

5. Frente Farabundo Martí Para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN)…151

6. Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA)…………………………..195

II. REVOLUTION BASED ON IDENTITY OR ETHNIC ISSUES…….. 229

7. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)………………………….233

8. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): 1964–2009…………277

9. Hutu–Tutsi Genocides………………………………………………………307

10. Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA): 1996–1999……………………….343

11. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA): 1969–2001…379

III. REVOLUTION TO DRIVE OUT A FOREIGN POWER……………… 423

12. Afghan Mujahidin: 1979–1989…………………………………………..427

13. Viet Cong: 1954–1976……………………………………………………….459

14. Chechen Revolution: 1991–2002……………………………………….489

15. Hizbollah: 1982–2009……………………………………………………….525

16. Hizbul Mujahideen…………………………………………………………..569

IV. REVOLUTION BASED ON RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM…. 605

17. Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ)………………………………………………609

18. Taliban: 1994–2009…………………………………………………………..651

19. Al Qaeda: 1988–2001………………………………………………………..685

V. REVOLUTION FOR MODERNIZATION OR REFORM…………….. 725

20. Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)….729

21. Revolutionary United Front (RUF)—Sierra Leone……………..763

22. Orange Revolution of Ukraine: 2004–2005…………………………801

23. Solidarity………………………………………………………………………….825

CONCLUSION…………………………………………………………………………….861

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