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The Biggest Stick: The Employment of Artillery Units in Counterinsurgency

The Biggest Stick: The Employment of Artillery Units in Counterinsurgency published on

Authored by U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

This book uses a comparative analysis of the Malayan Emergency, the American experience in Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom to examine the role and effectiveness of artillery units in complex counterinsurgency environments. Through this analysis, four factors emerge which impact the employment of artillery units: the counterinsurgency effort’s requirement for indirect fires, constraints and limitations on indirect fires, the counterinsurgency effort’s force organization, and the conversion cost of non-standard roles for artillery units. In conclusion, the book offers five broadly descriptive fundamentals for employing artillery units in a counterinsurgency environment: invest in tactical leadership, exploit lessons learned, support the operational approach and strategic framework, maintain a pragmatic fire support capability, and minimize collateral damage. Finally, the book examines the role of education for leaders in a counterinsurgency, and it’s influence on these imperative fundamentals.

Publication Date:
Dec 07 2014
1505408695 / 9781505408690
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / Strategy


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