Military to unveil new counterinsurgency field manual

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, sergeant major…

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones, sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducts a dismounted patrol during a battlefield circulation in helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Colby Brown/Released)

The Army is updating the counterinsurgency field manual developed by Gen. David Petraeus that has served as the basis for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The current version of the field manual incorporates lessons learned from Western nations’ experiences with colonial insurgencies and outlines tactics such as placing troops among the local population and building stable government to win hearts and minds rather than prioritizing killing and capturing enemy fighters.

The new 200-page version of the document, which is under review and likely to be released later this year, takes account of lessons learned over the past six years in Afghanistan, according to Clint Ancker, director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Source: Seth Robinson for Stars and Stripes

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