Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

  title={Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam},
  author={John A. Nagl},
Invariably, armies are accused of preparing to fight the previous war. In "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife", Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl - a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and the current conflict in Iraq - considers the now-crucial question of how armies adapt to changing circumstances during the course of conflicts for which they are initially unprepared. Through the use of archival sources and interviews with participants in both engagements, Nagl compares the development of… Expand
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