From the Introduction of The Counterinsurgency Field Manual

This publication can help compress the learning curve. It is a tool for planners, trainers and field commanders. Using it can help leaders begin the learning process sooner and built it on a larger knowledge base…

…Current tactics, techniques and procedures sometimes do not achieve the desired results. When that happens, successful leaders engage in a directed search for better ways to defeat the enemy. To win, the Army and Marine Corps must rapidly develop an institutional consensus on new doctrine, publish it, and carefully observe its impact on mission accomplishment.

This learning cycle should repeat continuously as US counterinsurgents seek to learn faster than the insurgent enemy.

The side that learns faster and adapts more rapidly wins.

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