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by Michael F. Trevett
Publication Date October 18, 2011
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Isolating the Guerrilla
About the Author.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Trevett is the author
of the book "Isolating the Guerrilla".
In March 2012 Trevett was chief of the Aerial Sensors Branch with the
Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir. Prior tours
included time in Colombia working as a military attaché with the Coast
Guard and as an instructor in the Counterinsurgency Center for
Excellence (sometimes called the COIN Academy) at Camp Taji, Iraq for 15
months from August 2006 to October 2007. Previous experience
includes time as an Operations Officer with the US Coast Guard and as an
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver with the US Navy.
His education includes study at the American
Military University (MA in history), Army Command and General Staff
College, Joint Military Intelligence College,
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Navy EOD School, and Army
Military Intelligence Captains Career Course.
The book is a transcribed report from the
Vietnam era and analyzes 25 counterinsurgency case studies that span the
Napoleonic wars through the French and U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns in
The original report, entitled Isolating the
Guerrilla: Basic Case Studies, was conducted in 1965 and published
on February 1, 1966 by the Historical Evaluation and Research Organization,
Trevor Dupuy and others. However, it was never widely
report was a three volume study performed for the Defense Advanced
Projects Agency. The first volume was classified CONFIDENTIAL and the
following two volumes were unclassified. Twenty-six different experts
provided their analysis of guerrilla warfare during the Napoleonic Wars, The
Boer War, the British counterinsurgency operations in Malaya
(1948-1960), and the French and U.S. experience in Vietnam. The report
examined the historical experience relevant to a politico-military
technique of counterinsurgency: isolating guerrilla forces from internal
and external support. The original report (Isolating the Guerrilla,
Volume I) can be viewed online at the oai.dtic.mil website
The book Isolating the Guerrilla is the
recently declassified first volume with additional material from Volumes
II and III. The book author, Trevett, provides his own annotations in
the book to bring the material up to date and make the book relevant to
modern-day counterinsurgency campaigns.
Book Description from Amazon.com.
"Insurgent warfare is one of the most significant
issues confronting governments and militaries today. Vital to the
multi-front war the West currently wages against insurgents and
terrorists, Isolating the Guerrilla, a previously classified military
study, can contribute to successful outcomes and toward saving thousands
of lives in current and future counterinsurgencies and conflicts.
Compiled by an unequalled team of 26 experts, Isolating the Guerrilla
presents their aggregate analysis on the most salient aspects of
counterinsurgencies. Had political and military leaders benefited from
the conclusions of this study in 2002, the multinational coalitions
would certainly have succeeded in Afghanistan and Iraq much sooner."
Book Reviews on Isolating the Guerrilla
March 15, 2012. Fort Belvoir Officer
Publishes Lessons From Counterinsurgencies. The Connection.
here on March 20, 2012.
Other Publications, Reports and Books by
Census Operations, Small Wars Journal, June 4, 2011. Accessed
here on March 20, 2012. The author states that "from the
perspective of the counterinsurgent" thoroughly knowing the population
is the best method of identifying, finding, and fixing the insurgent.
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