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John A. Nagl

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In Iraq, Tactical Theory Put Into Practice.

After years spent studying counterinsurgency, now-retired Lt. Col. John Nagl put his knowledge of rebellion suppression into practice when serving in Iraq. He helped draft an edition of the U.S. Army field manual on counterinsurgency. (Originally broadcast on July 22, 2008.).


In Iraq, Tactical Theory Put Into Practice

Lt. Col. John Nagl wrote the textbook on counterinsurgency — literally. Nagl was part of the team that drafted a U.S. Army field manual on counterinsurgency. Having completed his tour in Iraq, Nagl talks about how military theory was put into practice in the region.


U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Nagl

Lt. Col. John Nagl commands the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kan. He served in Operation Desert Storm and was the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He helped author the Army's Counterinsurgency Field Manual.


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Journalist Peter Maass

In this week's New York Times Magazine cover story (Sunday, Jan. 11) he writes about Maj. John Nagl, a professor at West Point and a counterinsurgency expert who is putting into practice for the first time his theories about counterinsurgency. He is in Iraq with a tank battalion in the Sunni Triangle.


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