New America NYC and Slate co-sponsored this conversation to celebrate the launch of The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan. In The Insurgents, Kaplan masterfully tells the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by General David Petraeus, who plotted to change the American military from within. Their aim was to build a new Army that could better fight what they saw as the new kind of wars in the post-Cold War age; not massive wars on vast battlefields but "small wars" in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists. This is a story of power, politics, ideas, and personalities — and how they converged to reshape the twenty-first-century American military.
Fred Kaplan Author, The Insurgents "War Stories" Columnist, Slate 2012 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation