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Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq

David Fitzgerald


This book details the relationship between the US Army’s counterinsurgency doctrine and its changing lessons of Vietnam. The US Army, battered by its experience in Vietnam, radically reshaped its institutional identity after the war. To do so, they had to contend with the lessons of Vietnam. Not only that, but they needed to address what these lessons said about the utility of counterinsurgency doctrine, which many within the Army blamed for the US defeat. This book is a study of how the lessons of the Vietnam War influenced Army attitudes towards counterinsurgency in the post-Vietnam era, wit ... More

Keywords: Vietnam War, lessons of Vietnam, counterinsurgency, lesson-learning, collective memory, Iraq war, strategic culture, US Army, doctrine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785815
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fitzgerald, author