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Should Be Read And Discussed Not Only be read and discussed not only diplomats defense officials and military officers but also by citizens concerned about securing a better future for only diplomats defense officials and military officers but also by citizens concerned about securing a better future for childrenHR McMaster author of Dereliction of Duty and the forthcoming Battlegrounds To absorb Kilcullen s insights is to be forced to rethink national and international security in this new century and to adjust military and nonmilitary institutions to a host of new realities Senior policymakers have no choice but to do soGary Hart member of United States Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees An Physik fr Mediziner eye opening look at the state of strategic balance between the United States and its rivals large and small The author delivers a detailed and unsettling analysis of how America s rivals have adapted to the modern strategic landscape and how they hope to defeat us Essential reading for anyone concerned with America s future on the world stage STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews This book should be read byveryone in uniform The Times An impressive Keepers Compendium expos on how terrorists and non state actors outmanoeuvre conventional militaries At the heart of The Dragons and the Snakes is a Darwinian dialectic between the mighty dragons and the snakes that seek to subvert and outflank them The Dragons and the Snakes is based on a formidable array of military and political sourcesMalise Ruthven The Financial Times Interesting and provocative The Sunday Times Kilcullen is a welcome guide offering a neat summation of how both nation states and terrorist groups alike learned to cope with America s conventional military primacy Kilcullen s approach offers readers accessible insights into what are complex and dynamic trends Diplomatic Courier David Kilcullen offers a wide ranging analysis of the strategicnvironment since 1993 compellingWill Leben Australian Outlook A dazzling performance This is a book that
will keep you on your toes it paints keep you on your toes It paints breathtaking danger laden picture of a world perennially at war and of the strange and mesmerising process by which a snake The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] eventually rears up as fire filled as a dragonPeter Craven The Saturday Paper Kilcullen argues persuasively that while the United States has been mired down in forever wars in Afghanistan and Ira our current and potential adversaries have gotten the jump on us His book offers readers a skilfully annotated road map of contemporary conflict describing in clear measured prose how and why the days of American strategic and military preeminence are now behind us Daily Beast Kilcullen s The Dragons and the Snakes is a timely invitation for the West to get its strategic house in order with some new thinking The Bridge. Within the world's contemporary conflict zones Kilcullen argues state and non state threats have increasingly come to resembleach other with states adopting non state techniues and non state actors now able to access levels of precision and lethal weapon systems once only available to governmentsA counterintuitive look at this new vastly complex RckenYoga: Die DVD environment The Dragons and the Snakes will not only reshape our understanding of the West'snemies' capabilities but will also show how we can respond given the increasing limits on US powe. .
Every soldier and Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen every person at all interested in national security and strategy should read not only The Dragons and the Snakes How the Rest Learned to Fight the West by David Kilcullen but they should readverything that he writes from his regular contributions to The Australian and his Psychologische Homöopathie. earlier books Accidental Guerrilla Out of the Mountains and Blood Year In his latest book which has been many years in the writing Kilcullen posits a thesis that adversariesspecially those that have recently been defeated adapt their warfare to improve their chance of success in the next battle This is not a new or revolutionary idea Whilst reading the book I was reminded of the aphorism of Don t fight the last war and Surfaces and gaps from manoeuverist warfare theory He uses The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you examples from the fall of the Soviet Union through to the present day to support his argument The title Dragons and Snakes makes reference to a metaphor that former CIA Director James Woolsey described in Senate confirmation hearings in 1993 The Dragons are the great power adversaries such as Russia and China and to a lesserxtent Iran Ira and North Korea While the snakes are typically non state actors such as Al aeda ISIS and Hezbollah According to the metaphor both dragons and snakes are dangerous but they will do you harm in different ways Kilcullen describes how the dragons have looked at the US military successes in the 1991 Gulf War and the initial invasion of Ira in 2003 and have concluded that they have neither the hardware nor the Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain expertise to defeat the US in a head to head battle On the other hand they have observed how the US and its allies have struggled in warfare where the overmatch in technology is lessffective such as in Afghanistan and during the post 2003 phases of the Ira War The key message that I took away is the need to constantly adapt and that counter intuitively success doesn t necessarily breed success but it can in fact breed failure Success in this war is punished in the next if the R High Performance Programming enemy adapts and you fail to adapt As with all Kilcullen s work the clarity and flow of the writing make forasy reading and a ready comprehension of the argument being put forward He does not shy away from criticism of politicians and political decisions war is after all an xtension of politics but he has a brilliant capacity to avoid perceptions of partisanship and this is well managed in The Dragons and the Snakes Even in the bipolar world that we occupy I challenge anyone to read this and label it liberal or conservative David Kilcullen is smart he did a PhD in anthropology whilst serving as an infantry officer in the Australian Army he is xperienced he has seen warfare as a participant or observer in Timor Ira Afghanistan Somalia amongst others and he is Scala for Java Developers educated he applies the historical context to contemporaryvents In my view David Kilcullen is The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur emerging as one of the superior thinkers on strategy and warfare in thearly 21st century Very well written a must read in my humble opinion I give it 5 stars This book is a must read David does an amazing job of synthesizing the surprising Vermeer to Eternity effects of Western battlefield dominance in a book that straddlesvolutionary biology and geopolitical strategyIt includes deep dives on Russia China Iran and North Korea as well as shorter case studies on non state actors I personally loved the case study on Hezbollah completely fascinatingThe book is really a three for one deal it s a short survey of conflict since the Cold War it s a primer on the competitive landscape for the West and it s a piece of guidance for forward looking policy with regard to both the metaphorical snakes smaller non state adversaries and the dragons larger state adversaries including Russia China Iran and North Korea and with regard to the United States general military purposeDavid recently was kind Heaven to Betsy enough to join my podcast where wexplore the content of the book After you hear him talk about it I guarantee you ll want to read the whole thing Here s the podcast link If you want to understand the geopolitical landscape definitely check this book out A perceptive work that is rather worrying and alarming for our current world Indeed the chapter on non state actors adapting akin to species under threat was fascinating as were the chapters on Sino Russian moves to adapt and cherry pick the most So B. It effective methodsmployed by non state actors coming into contact with the West Incredibly well written and accessible ven if there was a fair
undercurrent of foreboding with the conclusions made The primary national security challenge for the United States of foreboding with the conclusions made The primary national security challenge for the United States the coming decades will be to manage its relative decline following the brief moment of superpower primacy it njoyed at the nd of the Cold War To manage a new reality first of all reuires a realistic accounting of threats and capabilities This is something that is surprisingly hard
to find asfind as are great political benefits to xaggerating both This book is a refreshingly sober and informed overview of the national security nvironment that has merged since the Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice end of the unipolar moment What makes itspecially uniue however is that this analysis is done from the perspective of someone who is both a military xpert and an anthropologist applying tools from the latter field to understand the formerIt used to be that non state actors and states fought in ways that were clearly different Over the past three decades however there has been a convergence Today states often fight asymmetrically utilizing stealth deniability pinpoint operations and various ambiguously violent means of shaping the nvironment as opposed to marching large columns onto a battlefield Meanwhile militant groups have been adapting many of the tactics and practices of states learning from fighting the United States and other countries and copying some of their tactics and The Bookshop on the Shore even aesthetics In some cases these groups haveven overreached by declaring themselves states themselves as seen in the disastrous Dance Real Slow example of the Islamic State in Ira and SyriaWhereffective these changes on both sides have largely come as an adaptive response to a security The Art of Memoir environment defined by the United Sta. Just a few years ago people spoke of the US as a hyperpower a titan stalking the world stage with relative power than anympire in history Yet as arly as 1993 newly appointed CIA director James Woolsey pointed out that although Western powers had slain a large dragon by defeating the Soviet Union in the Cold War they now faced a bewildering variety of poisonous snakesIn The Dragons and the Snakes the minent soldier scholar David Kilcullen asks how and what opponents of the West have learned during the last uarter century of conflict.
David Kilcullen ☆ 7 reviewTes During the US wars in Ira and Afghanistan local militant groups were forced into a Darwinian battle for survival in which only the fittest and brutal actors survived Militants who behaved in a way that got themselves killed nded up teaching their surviving comrades a lesson that they d never forget The US uickly and ffectively wiped out weaker and sometimes conciliatory actors But this often meant that the ruthless intelligent and capable counterparts could rise in their wake The violent Darwinian competition imposed by the US military in the theaters that it operates has often been terrible for the local people living there But it has also forged powerful and adaptive militant groups who have been shaped by their battles with the United States The most notable xtant xample at the moment is probably the Afghan Taliban which has been significantly transformed over 19 years of intense conflict and is now negotiating a peace deal likely to grant it an unprecedented degree of legitimacyOne that I ve often admired about analyses of sociological phenomena PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition emanating from military sources is that they oftenxhibit a degree of precision lacking in other fields This is because Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography each death that takes place on a battlefieldffectively serves as a painful lesson learned Both armies and militant groups have learned many painful lessons over the past three decades They ve been honing their behavior accordingly Following the Gulf War the United States solidified itself as the master of one particular style of war direct confrontation with air power and armor In response its rivals changed their own behavior to The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, ensure that they never faced the US military on turf that was so favorable to it They have worked to fight on an asymmetric basis instead moving the battle to terrain where the United States has been weaker like guerrilla insurgency fighting using proxies cyber warfare and legal and political measures In this they have achieved considerable success asvidenced by a string of strategic defeats suffered by the United States and a visible reduction in its power and influenceThis book condenses a lot of analysis of the military fitness and adaptation of Russia Iran North Korea and China as well as non state groups like al aeda Hezbollah Islamic State and Hayat Tahrir al Sham Like all of Kilcullen s work it is refreshingly free of the politics and ideology that too often clouds the analysis that goes out to the general public As an anthropological work this book leans heavily on biological metaphor to xplain human behavior but does so self consciously and still nods towards thical and moral considerations I think it is useful to think at times about politics and military competition in Darwinian terms The harsh truth is that humans learn and adapt in response to predatory nvironments and the xperience of pain So long as the stress that individuals and organizations The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl experience does not take them past a point of collapse it very often turns out to be constructive and ultimately makes them stronger and adaptiveAs a powerful country the United States has inflicted a lot of harm on itsnemies In doing so it has often wound up making them tougher and ruthless as a result But the same Exile and Pilgrim evolutionary logic also works in reverse fighting weakernemies has also made the United States weaker If it is to hold
onto its relative civilizational primacy in the coming century it will have to rise to theits relative civilizational primacy in the coming century it will have to rise to the of combating nemies that have been watching learning and developing means of fighting that are precisely calculated to avoid its strengths and hit it where it is weakest Doing so will reuire a flexible method of warfare that keeps others distracted and off balance while giving the United States the greatest possible space to develop its own strengths at home This book is an xcellent starting point to think about how one might accomplish that A compelling and insightful argument about modern warfare Kilcullen whose book the Accidental Guerrilla I absolutely loved uses Hannah Montana: The Movie evolutionary theory toxplain how non state actors and states have adapted to an nvironment defined by US military dominance This book really starts with the nd of the CW and the Gulf War where American conventional military superiority was demonstrated in a stunning way This prompted America s various foes and rivals to adapt to this nvironment in large part through convergent volution in short we saw non state actors and states like RU and CH start gravitating to very similar tools and strategies information operations political interference unconventionalasymmetrical attacks cyberwarfare and capabilities like China s development of anti carrier missiles that offset American strengths These strategies have largely succeeded for the state actors than the terrorist groups in roding American power specially as we spent than a decade hyper focused on the Middle East and terrorism The most interesting concept in the book was liminal warfare which Russia has come to master This involves
using proxies intelligenceproxies intelligence cyberwarfare and other tools to walk right up to the line and sometimes briefly over the line where the other side AMerica can detect where the attack is coming from and respond Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts effectively This is as much a mediainformation manipulation strategy as a military one designed to sow confusion and disinformation on the target side whilestablishing plausible deniability of the offender s guilt It leads to a global military nvironment where attacks on other societies may involve very little overt force as other states don t want to mess with America s overwhelming conventional strength Kilcullen uses lots of other different and fascinating volutionary bio concepts to illustrate adaptation and learning in armed groups from small insurgent cells up to nation states He A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli ends with a fairly convincing argument that the US should move to a Byzantine strategy thatmulates this highly durable The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) empire s grand strategyThis book is very concept heavy and not particularly narrative It is well structured and well written but I have a limit for reading about weapons systems and force structures and that kind of stuff It is conciseno. Applying a combination of volutionary theory and detailed field observation he xplains what happened to the snakes non state threats including terrorists and guerrillas and the dragons state based competitors such as Russia and China He The Time of the Hunters Moon explores hownemies learn under conditions of conflict and xamines how Western dominance over a very particular narrowly defined form of warfare since the Cold War has created a fitness landscape that forces adversaries to adapt in ways that present serious new challenges to America and its allies.