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The Resource Embracing the fog of war : assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency, Ben Connable

Embracing the fog of war : assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency, Ben Connable

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Embracing the fog of war : assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency
Title
Embracing the fog of war
Title remainder
assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency
Statement of responsibility
Ben Connable
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Campaign assessments help decisionmakers in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Congress, and the executive branch shape what tend to be difficult and lengthy counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns. Assessment informs critical decisions, including the allocation of resources and major shifts in strategy. The complex and chaotic environment of the typical COIN campaign presents vexing challenges to assessment, and efforts to overcome these challenges are mired in an overreliance on aggregated quantitative data that are often inaccurate and misleading. This comprehensive examination of COIN assessment as practiced through early 2011, as described in the literature and doctrine, and as applied in two primary case studies (Vietnam and Afghanistan), reveals weaknesses and gaps in this centralized, quantitative approach. The author proposes an alternative process -- contextual assessment -- that accounts for the realities of the COIN environment and the needs of both policymakers and commanders. Since this manuscript was completed in mid-2011, various elements of DoD have published new doctrine on assessment, some of which addresses criticisms raised in this report. The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has also revamped its assessment process
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Connable, Ben,
Dewey number
355.02/180973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
  • Rand Corporation
Series statement
Rand Corporation monograph series
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Counterinsurgency
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Embracing the fog of war : assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency, Ben Connable
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Publication
Note
  • "Prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense."
  • "National Defense Research Institute."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-308)
Color
mixed
Contents
Introduction -- Concepts that shape counterinsurgency assessment -- Centralized assessment theory and pattern and trend analysis -- The effects-based approach to assessment -- Choosing core metrics -- Vietnam-era assessment -- Assessment in Afghanistan -- Why does centralized assessment fail in counterinsurgency? -- Conclusions, recommendations, and options -- A proposed alternative to centralized assessment
Control code
ocn785835095
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxi, 308 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833068408
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785835095
Label
Embracing the fog of war : assessment and metrics in counterinsurgency, Ben Connable
Publication
Note
  • "Prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense."
  • "National Defense Research Institute."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-308)
Color
mixed
Contents
Introduction -- Concepts that shape counterinsurgency assessment -- Centralized assessment theory and pattern and trend analysis -- The effects-based approach to assessment -- Choosing core metrics -- Vietnam-era assessment -- Assessment in Afghanistan -- Why does centralized assessment fail in counterinsurgency? -- Conclusions, recommendations, and options -- A proposed alternative to centralized assessment
Control code
ocn785835095
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxi, 308 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833068408
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785835095

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