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Conducting Counterinsurgency

Reconstruction Task Force 4 in Afghanistan

Authors: David Connery, David Cran, David Evered
Afganistan War, Australian Army, Soldiers

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Reconstruction Task Force 4 (RTF4) deployed to Uruzgan province, central Afghanistan, in 2008 as part of Operation Slipper – Australia’s military contribution to the war in Afghanistan. RTF4’s mission was ‘to help bring stability and security to the Afghan people through projects that support good governance and stable communities’. Their work primarily involved construction, in particular the building of bases for Afghan and Coalition forces, and smaller engineering tasks.

Conducting Counterinsurgency uses the personal experiences of officers and soldiers from RTF4 — described in their own words — to illustrate the principles of counterinsurgency operations. The book provides a vivid and personal snapshot of the work of these soldiers, the challenges they faced and their interaction with the local people during their tour of duty. This is a first-hand account of counterinsurgency operations conducted by the contemporary Australian Army in its fight against the Taliban.

Conducting Counterinsurgency sheds light on the little-understood operations of the Australian Army in Afghanistan and is a must for military professionals and commentators and those who simply seek a better understanding of modern warfare.

David Connery

David Connery

Colonel David Connery graduated from Officer Cadet School Portsea and served in artillery units, Army Headquarters, Strategic Policy Division and other appointments ranging from Director Strategic Analysis to Commanding Officer, University of New South Wales Regiment. David holds a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU), and Masters degrees from the ANU, University of Sydney […]

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David Cran

David Cran

Lieutenant Colonel David Cran has been a member of the Australian Army History Unit since 1996, having served for over 40 years in both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve. He holds Masters degrees in Management Studies and Defence Studies, Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Studies and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts. From 1995 […]

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David Evered

David Evered

Major David Evered has been an oral historian with the Australian Army History Unit since 2004. He graduated from the Royal Military College and served in regimental appointments in 16 Air Defence Regiment and staff positions in Headquarters 1st Division, School of Artillery and Land Command. David holds a DBA and MBA from the University […]

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