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The Defense of Jisr Al Doreaa is a short fictional novella to give cadets, lieutenants and junior leaders an understanding of the application of counter-insurgency fundamentals.

With high operational tempo and a steep learning curve, young officers are challenged to learn a great deal quickly. This short and simple book, modeled after the military classic The Defense of Duffer's Drift, provides a fictional look at the difficulties associated with modern counter-insurgency.

As the protagonist struggles with the effects produced by his actions the reader is able to benefit from the lessons learned and internalize them. While thick works of doctrine can be intimidating, this book provides an effective starting point for junior leaders seeking to master counter-insurgency warfare.

The authors are donating their royalties for this book to the Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports the families of America's injured servicemen.


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"This book by Mike Burgoyne and Albert Marckwardt allows the reader to learn what is required of soldiers in a COIN environment, from security measures, to application of force, the treatment of non-combatants, the value of cultural understanding, to dealing with Clausewitz's elements of friction and chance. The Defense of Jisr Al-Doreaa is a must read for any young soldier going in country or any civilian hoping to understand more thoroughly the challenges faced by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work offers the opportunity to learn real lessons without having to experience them the hard way. Burgoyne and Marckwardt have done a marvelous job of making the lessons come alive and illustrating the need and value of informed, adaptive informed leadership."

-Dr. Ed Coss, author of All for the King's Shilling: The British Soldier under Wellington, 1808-1814