Understanding Irregular War: The Influence of Planning and Perceptions on Operational Outcomes.

Pavilonis, Brigid.


  • Abstract: With its powerful fighting force and rich history of experience, the U.S. should be poised for success in irregular war. As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq prove, however, the U.S. struggles to win these asymmetric fights. This dissertation examines the disconnect between apparent ability and ultimate success by examining three research questions, regarding the rationale for war, ... read more
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