- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve been reading an examination by British Col. I.A. Rigden of the British record in counterinsurgency campaigns. Here’s the post-1945 scorecard, by his accounting:
- Wins: 7
Incompletes: 2 (Iraq and Afghanistan)
Well, it’s a tough league.
Rigden has an interesting bio — he commanded a Gurkha battalion in Afghanistan, and spent seven years in company command. That’s more troop time than most U.S. Army officers probably get in 20-year careers. Anyone out there who knows how the British Army works that very different approach to officer management?