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The Trillion Dollar War
The U.S. Effort to Rebuild Afghanistan, 1999–2021

By Abid Amiri


Honestly assessing the failures of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, this book is a powerful call for human understanding and global responsibility. Abid Amiri brings wealth of personal experience and detailed knowledge of the complex factors shaping Afghanistan’s troubled recent history of violence and international betrayal.
~ Dr. John Collins,
St. Lawrence University

What if the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan was fought not by the military but by educating the Afghan youth, and what if the trillion dollars had been spent instead on economic development in Afghanistan rather than on bombs and fighter jets? The Trillion Dollar War helps explain the United States’ efforts to rebuild Afghanistan during the last 20 years. The book outlines the successes and failures of both Afghans and Americans in this endeavor. In addition, it provides an in-depth analysis of the cost of America’s longest war, and it asks whether spending more on education and infrastructure than on weapons of war would have resulted in a different outcome.

 


Complex Terrain
Megacities and the Changing Character of Urban Operations

By Benjamin M. Jensen, Henrik Breitenbauch, and Brandon Valeriano

This edited volume, composed by military professionals in Gray Scholars Program at Marine Corps University, describes the changing character of urban operations.  The pattern of human settlement and interaction is changing and the future is urban. Because the majority of the world's population lives within cities, the future of strategic competition and conflict reside there as well. 


Marines at War
Stories from Afghanistan and Iraq
By Paolo G. Tripodi and Kelly Frushour

This book brings together the short stories of 10 Marines and a sailor who served in either Afghanistan or Iraq, some in both. The authors reflect on their time in combat, focusing on preparation, particular moments, and the lessons or conclusions drawn from their experiences. While every servicemember has a different story, and despite these remembrances being very personal, this collection represents and provides insight into the ordinary experiences of fellow Americans serving during an extraordinary set of circumstances.

 


Rethinking the Drone War
National Security, Legitimacy, and Civilian Casualties in U.S. Counterterrorism Operations
By Larry Lewis and Diane Vavrichek

This volume provides concrete recommendations for policy makers as well as military commanders, a number of which have, since the time of its writing, been incorporated into the recent U.S. policy guidelines related to civilian casualties. Although this volume focuses specifically on current counterterrorism practices, its analysis, frameworks, and conclusions can be applied in varying degrees to emerging technologies as well. These considerations can help a government ensure that its use of force is not only effective, but also responsible and consonant with its larger interests.