The NYU Wagner Middle East and United States Strategy Series: A Strategy of Tactics: Counterinsurgency and the American Army

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Gian Gentile, Professor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy The American Army's New Way of War is a method of nation-building called population centric counterinsurgency. This New Way of War has become all of the rage in many defense and policy circles. History and the current conduct of it in Iraq and Afghanistan suggest however that population centric counterinsurgency is a highly dubious and problematic affair. More worrisome is that Counterinsurgency as a military method involving tactics and operations has eclipsed the American military's ability to do strategy, and as Sun Tzu once said good strategy in war is everything. But tactics without strategy as he cautioned is "the noise before defeat."