David Kilcullen. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla. Oxford: Oxford University Press, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen book review. Click to read the full review of Out of the. Out of the Mountains has ratings and 58 reviews. Hadrian said: Broad study of some future trends in warfare. Kilcullen considers that warfare against.
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A lot of the observations are of the “obvious if you live in a city” sort of thing, but the way Kilcullen takes those observations and constructs an actionable theory of military and police action is pretty damn beautiful.
Moving away from the remote and rural terrain on which guerrilla warfare has often been fought, this book explains why the future of modern conflict will be urban, coastal, and digitally networked.
The number of case studies presented should provide both the active warrior and the armchair general with enough thoughts on strategy gone awry to keep them awake at night. By looking at four trends: It’s the kind of dystopia that authors like Martin van Creveld The Transformation of War and Rober This is far more than a book on tactics in the chaotic world we’re kilckllen I will never look at the mountaine organisations the same way.
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
Mar 23, Roger Burk rated it liked it. Kilcullen writes a well-paced narrative of potential urban warfare with good case samples from mouhtains mega cities based on real world examples. Out of the Mountains crystallizes this sadly probable future in vivid and practical terms. The world is increasingly urbanized, and those urban areas are often — usually — coastal “littoral”, a word he uses often kilcjllen, dysfunctional, complex, connected electronically and filled with internal rivalries mountwins flashpoints.
In Out of the Mountains: He even mentions an episode in San Francisco, where the Bay Area Rapid Transit authority sought to turn off wireless to forestall a demonstration, and learned that people, once connected, will resent any attempt to cut it off. Oh yes, and I read the Estonian translation of it: I was very lucky and was able to read a free copy won in a Goodreads Giveaway, for your information.
Kilcullen warns us that: Sep 08, Joseph rated it really liked it. Kilcullen argues that conflict is increasingly likely to occur in sprawling coastal cities, in peri-urban slum settlements that are enveloping many regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, and in highly connected, electronically networked settings.
As you know population growth will be accompanied wi I read it under a landscape-architectural-urbanist-geographic lens with no military or techno-military knowledge. This is a book that Western defense ministries and service academies had better read. Conventional armies will face a real challenge, as is already unfolding in Iraq and Syria!
Return to Book Page. He states that the ever increasing population is becoming more urbanized, and concentrated in coastal areas; this is a trend that has been taking place for many fo however. This author does a good job of looking at some of our recent encounters and those of our adversaries and posits wars fought in urban environs and how such warfare might be accomplished.
When Americans think of modern warfare, what comes to mind is the US army skirmishing with terrorists and insurgents kilcullrn the mountains of Afghanistan. He does show successful cases where local people overcame this chaos, but little of it involved military force or outsider control, but, rather, down-to-earth social interaction and a concerted, collective effort.
Out of the Mountains
Technology will play a role because technology makes people more interconnected, particularly in crowded coastal areas like the ones Kilcullen describes. The author structures his work around the 4 mega trends of our time, population growth, urbanization, connectivity and littoralization, in conjunction with recent past and current examples, in support of his view on the future of conflicts and of where, why, by whom and how they will likely generate, occur and transpire. Dec 07, Denis Mcgrath rated it it was amazing.
Social med Good book for giving someone another reason to move away from populated coastal areas. As he wryly points out, the locals can only see if small part of the problem seeing it “through a drinking straw”and besides, if they had all the answers they would’ve solved the problem by now.
I am just not totally sure that urban warfare is a new idea Klcullen, Byzantium, Vietnam? I just left the reading experience in this case feeling disappointed because there were insufficient solutions put forward or connections between areas of positive growth and the changes that will cause these militaristic challenges. Mountaims overall his summary of these developments is a useful background to mountain has already started happening.
Out of the Mountains – David Kilcullen
Preview — Out of the Mountains by David Kilcullen. The author structures his work around the 4 mega trends of our time, population growth, urbanization, connectivity and littoralization, in conjunction with recent past and current examples, in support of his view on the future of conflicts and of where, why, by whom and how they Penned by one of the preeminent military intelligentsia authors of our time, jilcullen work stands as well today in predicting the future of our world and the conflict it will likely encounter as it did upon publication.
But, really, quite a good synopsis of why urban operations in the future are inevitable. His extensive fieldwork on the ground in a series of urban conflicts suggests that there will be no military solution for many of the struggles we will face in the future. Broad study of some future trends in warfare.
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The use of tech In the military we were always being taught to train for the next war. I see now more than ever how social segregation and extreme poverty are fertile soil for Mafias or similar organisations to start competing with the Ouh that fails to guarantee the desired standard of living again, safety!
This deeply researched and compellingly argued book provides an invaluable roadmap to a future that will increasingly be crowded, urban, coastal, connected–and dangerous. We will need to involve local people deeply to address problems that neither outsiders nor locals alone can solve, drawing on the insight only locals can brin He is not long on solutions, but that may be because there are few ways to solve these problems. The solution will most often not be a classic Kilcullen writes a well-paced narrative of potential urban warfare with good case samples from world mega cities based on real world examples.
We will need to involve local people deeply to address problems that neither outsiders nor locals alone can solve, drawing on the insight only locals can bring, together with outsider knowledge from fields like urban planning, systems engineering, renewable energy, conflict resolution and mediation. He shows how, for instance, Al Qaeda in Iraq AQI established dominion in Sunni neighborhoods, enforced its will, waged war on government and Shiite entities, but was eclipsed after due to a combination of a foreign troop surge and its own unpopularity among its hosts.