09 Sep 2009 @ 11:43 AM 

Arming Counterinsurgents


The Counterinsurgency Training Center – Afghanistan is growing, and its role in propagating the doctrine of counterinsurgency, or COIN, across many organizations is growing. Students of counterinsurgency from every branch of the United States Military, all of our NATO and Coalition allies, and most importantly Afghans from government, the Afghan Military, Afghan National Police and even non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are being trained in counterinsurgency every week. Some of this training is conducted on site at the CTC-A, while other training is carried directly to the units and organizations in the field.

The curriculum is reviewed each month in a constant process of refining the presentation of materials to keep the training relevant to the current conditions in the theater. New tools are reviewed carefully for applicability. Pathways to better integration with civilian and military organizations and capabilities are sought, examined carefully, and advice is given on implementation. Partners are discovered, encouraged, educated and assisted. Relationships are cemented and expanded to include new organizations and capabilities. Lastly, through discussion and interface during training including diverse groups, personal contacts are forged that continue to drive productive partnership development.

Innovative doctrinally-based approaches to counterinsurgency training and implementation are being developed and fielded in conjunction with other organizations. Methods for operationalizing doctrinal frameworks and concepts are being sought, developed, tested and fielded. The CTC-A is a center for COIN thought that does not depend on solutions being pushed forward by offices in the United States, with solutions tuned to the specific environment of Afghanistan. The staff at the CTC-A are constantly learning, acquiring as much knowledge as possible to drive insights into such developments.

In that spirit of continuous education and professional development, an Honorary Library has been established at the CTC-A. Donations of books are sought which will be available to students and staff alike to spur further learning about counterinsurgency, history (especially Afghan and Central Asian history) and related topics. It is very easy to donate and become a part of this learning. Simply follow this link and the name of the wish list is “COIN Library – Kabul.” Donations of used books from the wish list can be mailed to:

COIN Library
c/o Scott Kesterson
Camp Phoenix
APO AE 09320

Your contributions will help to keep the minds of the counterinsurgent trainers and students bright as they work together to resolve a very complex insurgency. This is a way that you can support forwarding counterinsurgency doctrine, training and implementation in Afghanistan and have a direct impact on the success of the mission here. Please consider making a contribution to the fight and arming counterinsurgents with knowledge. Sometimes, a counterinsurgent’s best weapons do not shoot.

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Categories: Afghanistan, COIN, COINdinistas, development, doctrine
Posted By: Old Blue
Last Edit: 09 Sep 2009 @ 11 49 AM


Responses to this post » (9 Total)

  1. Jean says:

    Four new books are on their way.

  2. David M says:

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/10/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  3. OldSoldier54 says:

    Saw this over at Blackfive and did my bit. To anyone considering this, If you look at the top right of the page showing Mr. Kesterson’s List, change it to Purchased and you can see what has already been bought and sent. Also, if you browse the whole list, some have a higher priority of need at the COIN Academy.

    Just tryin’ to help …

  4. Old NFO says:

    Y’all are doing a hellva job with little or no coverage back home in the media, because everything is positive. Donations on the way. God Bless you and keep you safe.

  5. Elf goes for the lighter side says:

    I have a recommendation we put this guy on the IO job…

    Keep on….

    We should dedicate ourselves to working this into posts and conversations. LOL.

  6. Rosemary says:

    Oh my. I thought I left a comment. Two books are already shipped and on their way. Great post. Stay safe.

  7. membrain says:

    Finally managed to have some books shipped today. Keep up the great work Blue and Scott. It looks like GEN McChrystal is a bout to shake the trees. Interesting times.

    Stay as safe as you can.

  8. 628 Blue says:

    OldSoldier, thanks for the info. I was hesitant to duplicate what may have already been sent. Now, 5 more books are on the way (hopefully directly).

    Old Blue, I’ve read your blog(s) ever since PBS linked “Semper Gumby”. Finally caught up (slow reader) to this point. I am grateful you take the time and have the skills to clue us in. Dedicated professionals like you make me so damn proud of our armed forces. Hope this does not sound insincere, but thank you, Soldier. Just had to say it.

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