2nd Draft,Feb 2017 Edition Self Publish

Post 9-11 Authors30 Jul

The criteria I have as an American for “best writer of the post 9-11 era” is described by Chivers in his post, “one duty that remains is description, the duty of remembering, and listening, and trying to write it down in a fuller context — not the official way, not the pentagon’s version, not the bullshit presentations that get clicks or match what the worst editors play up, but through the minds and experience of the people who shouldered the responsibilities, and took the risks, and still carry the freight, and through their families, who paid too.”

On that criteria, I argue that the best writers of the post 9-11 era are:
1. Chris Christopher Chivers
2. Owen West, The Snakeeaters
3. Bing West, No True Glory, One Million Steps, and other books

Of these, West Jr. is the one who is actually out there doing it as a USG employee, as a ASD SOLIC.

In broad terms, the best guide to US Foreign Policy as it is now and as it would be in a near peer war are the 13 books of Bing West Sr and Jr for several reasons.

If we Americans and Westerners have to fight a full blown near peer war, or as is more likely, we continue to fight hybrid wars in the grey zone (reference, the economist special on the future of war, January 2018), the most important capability is that American “regular” infantry/ combat arms advise much larger foreign, allied forces, e.g., a USMC Infantry Rifle Squad advises a foreign battalion (which would normally be a special forces mission, but as of December 2017 according to DoD email releases, these are missions that “regular” American forces can do because of capabilities like UAV. Owen West’s The Snakeeaters focuses on the adviser mission, done by an ad hoc team of reservists; the long lineage of the West’s writing about distributed operations and COIN, starting with The Village about a CAP (Combined Action Platoon) in 1966-1968 supports West Jr.’s compelling book.

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