Tactical and Technical

Combat Case Studies from the Middle East

By The Cove May 16, 2019


Many of us prefer to learn by 'doing,' rather than sitting in a classroom and receiving a lecture. However, not everyone has the benefit of learning through 'boots on the ground' exposure to combat operations. We need to find a solution that fills the experience void. Where we lack experience and exposure, case studies are a great alternative for gaining knowledge. By hearing or reading about the specific details of a particular operation or scenario, we can put ourselves in the place of those who were physically present and attempt to learn from their successes and failures.

This link to "Case Studies from the Long War" via the Combat Studies Institute, provides seven different lethal and non-lethal missions from Iraq and Afghanistan to learn from. The contributions are wide ranging: non-commissioned officers and officers, and combat forces through to supporting elements, all engaged in contact with the enemy. The collection of case studies offers valuable insights at a range of command levels from squad level tactical decisions, through to battalion sized operations. Pick one of the case studies to read and discuss with your peers in the mess, or join in our discussion on the Cove:

  • Do you agree with the ethical, tactical and leadership decisions made within the case study?
  • Based on the information contained within the case study, is there anything you would have done differently if you were in charge at the time?



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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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