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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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"These two U.S. Army Captains have written a modern classic that not only ranks with its model but should be read alongside it…The requirement that Swinton, Burgoyne, and Marckwardt impose on their protagonists – to understand their operational environment – remains the essence of the junior officer’s task in COIN and other Small Wars."

-John T. Fishel, PhD, LTC (ret.)

Author of Uncomfortable Wars Revisited and The Savage Wars of Peace

Professor Emeritus, National Defense University

Professor Emeritus (Adjunct), School of International Service, American University