How to Measure the War

October 2009
Policy Review;Oct/Nov2009, Issue 157, p15
Academic Journal
The article discusses metrics which can be used to determine whether a campaign of counterinsurgency is proving successful, or whether its tactics need to be adjusted. It focuses on the Afghan War, and draws examples from the Iraq War and the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War is said to provide cautionary examples of the dangers of using the wrong metrics, such as body count. The Combined Action Program of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War is described as a relatively successful policy, which ought to have been more broadly utilized. Similar initiatives in the Iraq War are credited with the success of the 2007 U.S. strategy there.


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