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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, February 8 2012

Today's Focus:

Revision of Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency

Senior Leaders are Saying

We've helped 600,000 veterans and their family members go back to school on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. We've hired over 120,000 veterans to serve in the federal government & we've made it easier for veterans to access all sorts of employment services.

- President Barack Obama, while talking about his new Veteran Job Corps initiative to replenish the nation's first responders, highlights the government's progress in veterans' employment, at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va., Feb 3, 2012.

Obama announces program to hire Vets as first responders

What They're Saying

My philosophy is, if the Navy and the Air Force are doing the air-sea battle, guess who's doing everything else? The Army, right? We'll be everywhere doing all the different things that need to be done &hellipAt the end of the day, still, if we don't empower, unburden and protect (Soldiers), and we don't transition technologies, guess what? ... That's what all of Army (science and technology) does.

- Marilyn Freeman, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, outlines the role of science and technology in solving the problems and meeting the challenges confronting the Army during a visit to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, Feb. 6, 2012.

Ensuring Soldiers remain 'decisive edge'

A Culture of Engagement


150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War


Black History Month: African Americans in the U.S. Army
Patient Recognition Month

Feb. 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 3: National Patient Recognition Day

Feb. 20: Presidents Day

Today's Focus

Revision of Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency

What is it?

The U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center has begun revising Army Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency. At the core of the manual are enduring principles and fundamentals based on history and lessons from contemporary operations however, this revision will adapt lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines and other counterinsurgency and irregular conflicts worldwide.

What has the Army done?

The Counterinsurgency Center has constructed an analytical framework that seeks to include not only a thorough review of lessons and contemporary literature, but also the opinions of counterinsurgency theorists, academicians, practitioners and civilian research institutions.

FM 3-24 will consider the range of irregular threats U.S. ground forces will confront in the future operational environment and will contain tactics, procedures and principles, underpinned by analysis and theory. The resulting manual will be one that Soldiers will read because of its relevance at the tactical and operational level.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Counterinsurgency Center will conduct a number of webcasts open to the public throughout the revision process to gain feedback on key issues, such as the value of centrisms (population-centric vs. enemy-centric, etc.). A dedicated writing team is also publishing issue papers for discussion among senior officers, practitioners and theorists. Additionally, the Counterinsurgency Center is planning a revision conference in late April at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

The initial draft of the revision is scheduled to be published in mid-May 2012.

Why is this important to the Army?

The goal is to produce a field manual that captures enduring tactics and procedures to guide Army and Marine ground forces, integrated with joint, interagency and multinational partners, conducting counterinsurgency operations against future irregular threats. Simply put, the revised FM 3-24, informed by the many lessons learned after a decade of sustained unified land operations, will allow U.S. ground forces to continue to address irregular threats in an uncertain future.

The Counterinsurgency Center asks qualified people for input. For more information, visit the Counterinsurgency Center website at FM 3-24 Revision. To stay informed of webcasts and other events, send a request to COIN.


U.S. Army COIN Center website
FM 3-24 revision website
FM 3-24 revision questionnaire

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