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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla author David Kilcullen cogently explains how certain macro-social changes over the course of the next generation will change warfare as we know it.
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.
Kilcullen givs a good overview of the likely character of warfare in the coming decades. 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 decades however.
The book is a valuable source of resources for further reading and research. It is well worth following him there. He suggests that cities, rather than countries, are the critical unit of analysis for future conflict and that resiliency, not stability, will be the key objective.
It is all laid out here as an excellent primer, especially his explanation of how the Arab Springs in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya unfolded. I truly believe that this book will make me a better person, much more than any self-help or economy book could ever accomplish. The Age of Deference David Rudenstine. This is a book about future conflicts and future cities, and about the challenges and opportunities that four powerful megatrends–population, urbanization, coastal settlement, and connectedness–are creating across the planet.
We have already kilcuplen that conflict has become very different from warfare in the 20th century, but now Western militaries will have to take into account non-state adversaries, more urban combat than ever before, and most importantly cyberwarfare and global digital connectivity. Sep 17, Philip rated it really liked it. It will be hard to handle such insurgencies with traditional centrally controlled forces; we will have better luck if we radically decentralize mounyains.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. He is currently Chairman of Caerus Associates, a Washington-based strategy and design firm, and First Mile Geo, a geospatial analysis firm.
It’s not a topic that I would want mohntains study in depth, but I’m glad there are people out there who make it their lives’ work. This deeply researched and compellingly argued book provides an invaluable roadmap to a future that will increasingly be crowded, urban, coastal, connected–and dangerous.
Our clusterin Out of the Mountains is a serious work of scholarship written by David Kilcullen a serious scholar of modern warfare. Kilcullen poses will evolve over time. What is the future of warfare? When Americans think of modern warfare, what comes to mind is the US army skirmishing with terrorists and insurgents in the mountains of Afghanistan.
He is not long on solutions, but that may be because there are few ways to solve these problems. His sombre conclusions should be essential reading.
Want to Read saving…. Syria is Oxford University Press’s Place of the Year, and to call attention to the sociopolitical turmoil in the country, we present a brief excerpt from Out of the Mountains: 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. He shows us how modern connectivity — the Web, cell phones, social networks, satellite technology, and phenomena like Skype or Google Earth — now reaches every part of this new environment.
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.
And it is about what cities, communities and businesses can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of human society—including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence—are changing at an unprecedented kilclulen.
oyt A bit more academic then his last book but still a good read. By looking at four trends: Finally, he uses examples from Liberia and Chicago of grass-roots peace movements that grew successfully with the help of outside expertise to illustrate the concept of co-designing workable, flexible conflict resolutions. Having said that, some parts do kilclulen to be tedious reading because of his academic approach, such as his speculations on the scope of future combat in the Appendix.
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Or Egypt, the old regime’s attempts to turn off the Internet only galvanized the outraged and lead people into the streets to find out what was happening. I will never look at the terror organisations the same way. I learned a great deal of new information, not just about these conflicts but about the roles of both military and non-state armed actors, the impacts of population shifts and flows and how a city is like a living organism – and perhaps most importantly, how, in the face of current demographic trends toward coastal “littoral” megalopolises of the future, the best quality to strive for and try and inculcate in mega cities is resilience, as stability may be unsustainable in the face of such population density.
The book has some ot points, but it seems a but diffuse, thrown-together, and hypothetical. He looks at the huge populated areas along the coasts, the “nonstates” that have come into existence, the competitions among interest groups and the connectivity of social media throughout the world.
Still, there’s no question that Kilcullen’s ideas kllcullen original ones; they are distinguishable by their peculiar precision in naming the important changes in global dynamics that will impact combat, for example. I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in international events, demographic trends, and the types of conflicts the world may face in the future.
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He however encourages designers to take into account that coastal cities are kilculldn vulnerable to a set of issues ranging from health and well-being, pollution, urban poverty, population growth to electricity and water shortage, food security, ecological issues and new patterns of conflicts.
Jul 27, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? He cogently argues that we must rapidly find a way to build our own security networks to prepare for the coming age of urban guerrillas.
Drone warfare is increasingly waged from military bases near civilian populations, and the pilots typically return to their homes and families at the end of the shift – as the pilots are combatants, are they legitimate targets?