Warfare: A Complex and Challenging Arena

April 19, 2022

The war in Ukraine is a grim reminder of the devastating effects of military conflict between nations. To better understand the challenges of warfare, the U.S. Government Publishing Office online bookstore provides a plethora of well-documented studies about military conflict. Here are two titles featuring critically important analyses of America’s engagement in recent war zones, and how the U.S. military interacts with civil organizations in order to effectively integrate military and civilian assets to the benefit of America’s defense and freedom.

Modern War in an Ancient Land: The United States Army in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 is an in-depth analysis of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan that was America’s response to the 9/11 attacks. It examines the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001 and the thirteen-plus years of conflict that followed. During this conflict, Army commanders operated under the assumption that by securing Afghans and their fledgling national government, the U.S. military was protecting America and the Western way of life. It includes graphic depictions of war on the ground as well as multiple maps. This resource provides a comprehensive and historical perspective on “America’s longest war.”

Unity of Mission: Civilian Military Teams in War and Peace provides readers with a revealing perspective on complex military operations. It offers unique insights by soldiers, AID workers, nongovernmental organizations, and others with on the ground experience. The essays found within Unity of Mission provide a rich, diverse, and candid commentary about what worked and what didn’t work. This book will be enormously helpful for anyone assigned to a military command, an embassy, or any international mission.


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