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Heads we win: the cognitive side of counterinsurgency (COIN)

Heads we win: the cognitive side of counterinsurgency (COIN)

Gompert, David C

Current U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy has relied heavily on the use of force against Islamist insurgents-a tactic that has increased their ranks. What is needed instead are stronger cognitive capabilities that will enable more effective COIN against an elusive, decentralized, and highly motivated insurgency-capabilities that will enable the United States to "fight smarter." Cognitive COIN goes beyond information technology and encompasses comprehension, reasoning, and decisionmaking, the components that are most effective against an enemy that is quick to adapt, transform, and regener

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND National Defense Research Institute 2007

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Statement of responsibility: David C. Gompert ; prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
ISBN: 0833040219, 0833042807, 9780833040213, 9780833042804
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-62).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 62 pages) : illustrations.
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series: Occasional paper ; OP-168-OSD; Rand counterinsurgency study ; paper 1
Subject: Terrorism Prevention.; Jihad.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); USA.; HISTORY Military Other.; Aufstand; Counterinsurgency Psychological aspects.; United States Military policy.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.
Alternative Title: Cognitive side of counterinsurgency (COIN)
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Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Series Title: Rand counterinsurgency study ; paper 1.; Occasional paper (Rand Corporation) ; OP-168-OSD.
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  1. Cover; Preface; Contents; Figures and Table; Summary; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter One
  2. Introduction: Purpose, Scope, and Definitions; Chapter Two
  3. The Mind as Central Front; Chapter Three
  4. Reordering COIN Priorities; Chapter Four
  5. Thoughts of the Jihad; Chapter Five
  6. Closing the Gap; Chapter Six
  7. Cognitive Requirements in Global COIN; Chapter Seven
  8. Cognitive Capabilities for COIN; Understanding Global Insurgency; Global COIN-Shaping Strategy; Global COIN Operations; Chapter Eight
  9. Conclusions: Investment and Reform; Appendix; Bibliography.