Revision of Field Manual 3-24, "Counterinsurgency"

Wednesday February 8, 2012

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.

Resources:

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

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