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.