Linking Doctrine to Action: A New COIN Centre-of-Gravity Analysis Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, U.S. Army, and Major Mark S. Ulrich, U.S. Army
Paper on COIN centre-of-gravity (COG) analysis.
My thought on concluding my first reading of this paper was that as a counterinsurgent you are not a policeman or an insurgent hunter - you are actually there in competition with the insurgents and you need to engage in politics with policies and programs and means and ways and ends. You need to implement your own agenda and counter the insurgent's agenda and counter his countering of your agenda.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani tribesmen avenging a mosque attack surrounded two militant strongholds and destroyed the homes of some Taliban commanders, an official said Monday as the death toll in the fighting hit 13.
As many as 1,600 tribesmen have joined a citizens' militia in Upper Dir district — an indication of rising anti-Taliban sentiment in Pakistan as the military pursues its offensive against the militant group in the nearby Swat Valley.