The population-centric nation building requires large numbers of American ground forces, dispersed and living in the local population in an effort to win hearts and minds away from the insurgent, and build a nation. President Obama speech is aligned with what General Petraeus’s wrote in FM 3-24 on counterinsurgency through the use of tenets. General Petraeus’s key tenets of COIN are identified as 1) focus on protecting civilians over killing the enemy 2) assume greater risk and 3) use minimum, not maximum force. The focus is on the Afghanistan people as the center of gravity. The people involvement is a key element of the hearts and minds theory and the COIN strategy. Afghani...
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...eavors but the Afghan people need renewed pride in providing for themselves. The negatives are whether or not the enemy is waiting for the United States and its allies to depart before they challenge the people of Afghanistan and their government. The positive side is that when the United States and its allies are gone, the Afghanistan people will have a viable government with economic growth and trained security forces in place to deter and prevent the enemy from infiltrating their country.
Gian P. Gentile. “A Strategy of Tactic: Population-centric COIN and the Army”, Parameters (August, 2009), 9.
President Obama. “Address to the Nation on the Way Forward In Afghanistan and Pakistan”, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-address-nation, 3.
Gentile, “A Strategy of Tactic: Population-centric COIN and the Army”, 6.
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