ARMY ADAPTATION for COIN – Lessons from Past Cases: Processing of Workshop 1


  1. McBride, A.
  2. Stocker, M.
  3. Teeple, N.
  4. Girwski, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This Technical Memorandum reports the results of the initial phase of a project initiated by the Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs (DLCD) to identify in what ways Canada’s Army must adapt to better meet the growing challenges encountered in counterinsurgency operations. It does so through a focused examination of the lessons which past cases hold for development of such a capability. Emphasis is placed on the identification of operational and tactical lessons for Canadian Army consideration. In particular, what adaptations/improvements/changes have regular Armies undertaken in the past to successfully address an adaptive insurgency campaign at these levels? The inquiry was conducted with the assistance of a select group of academic and policy analysts chosen for their expertise in the field of counterinsurgency operations. The analysts chosen were requested to produce a short paper identifying lessons for Canadian Army consideration based on the historical record. More precisely, they were asked to consider the past history of such operations and identify those lessons - if any - that past counterinsurgency campaigns held for the Canadian Army’s development of a more effective COIN capability. A workshop, attended by a number of interested military officers and civilian analysts within the Department of National Defence was then convened. The proceedings, which consisted of the presentation and discussion of the analytical papers, a preliminary identification of th

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-055 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2009
Number of Pages
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