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Lessons encountered : learning from the long war / edited by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.,

and Joseph J. Collins.

pages cm

Includes bibliographical references.

1. National security—United States—History—21st century. 2. United States—

Military policy—History—21st century. 3. Afghan War, 2001- 4. Iraq War, 2003-

2011. 5. United States—Armed Forces—Operations other than war—History—21st

century. 6. United States—History, Military—21st century—Case studies. 7.

Strategy. I. Hooker, Richard D., editor of compilation. II. Collins, Joseph J., editor of


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Iraqi soldiers near Bahbahani, Iraq, June 6, 2009 (DOD/Kim Smith)

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