Operation Kinetic

Operation Kinetic

Stabilizing Kosovo

Sean M. Maloney
Foreword by Mike Jackson

512 pages
13 photographs, 13 maps, 1 chart, index

Hardcover

July 2018

978-1-61234-964-0

$38.95 Pre-order

About the Book

In the late 1990s, NATO led the Kosovo Force (KFOR), charged with stabilizing Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia after genocide and other atrocities were carried out in the Balkan region. Operation Kinetic is not only a history of the origins and operations of the Kosovo Force but also a history of the vital operations conducted by the Canadian Army units and their allies assigned to KFOR during the crucial early days and months after entry into the province in 1999 and through 2000.

Operating alongside American, British, French, Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish forces, these surveillance and response units were instrumental in preventing violence in numerous areas before it could escalate and draw in the Serbian Army, which could have led to further genocide or war in the region.

Sean M. Maloney, a Canadian military historian with extensive field experience in the Balkans, draws on numerous interviews and firsthand accounts of an operation that would later serve as a model in preparing for similar efforts in Afghanistan and provide a blueprint for stabilizing operations around the world.
 

Author Bio

Sean M. Maloney is a professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada and served as the Canadian Army’s historian for the war in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2014. He is the author of Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan (Potomac Books, 2005) and Learning to Love the Bomb: Canada’s Nuclear Weapons during the Cold War (Potomac Books, 2007). Mike Jackson is a retired British Army officer and general. In 2003 he was appointed chief of the general staff of the British Army. He is the author of Soldier: The Autobiography
 

Praise

“Sean Maloney’s thoroughly researched account of the Canadian commitment to the Kosovo Force is a must-read for military, government, and academic professionals who seek to understand the challenges of stabilizing a war-torn region in the aftermath of military intervention.”—Robert H. Gregory Jr., author of Clean Bombs and Dirty Wars: Air Power in Kosovo and Libya

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
Part I: Background
Chapter 1: Balkans Overview
Chapter 2: Kosovo: Cradle of Conflict, 1389 to 1999
Part II: Crisis in Kosovo
Chapter 3: Clash of the Damned:  UCKs and MUPs in the Land of Kos, 1998
Chapter 4: In NATO’s Vanguard: KFOR and the Canadian Commitment
Chapter 5: Into the Breach, Dear Friends: KFOR Enters Kosovo
Part III: Canada and KFOR Operations
Chapter 6: Warrior Politics: Multi-National Brigade (Centre) Operations
Chapter 7: The Coyote Howls: Recce Squadron Operations
Chapter 8 As the KRWAU Flies: Canadian Griffons Over Kosovo
Chapter 9: Finger on the Pulse: Battle Group Operations, Part I
Chapter 10: Come on Feel the Noise: Battle Group Operations, Part II
Chapter 11: Wait for the Wagon, Jimmy: Supporting Operation KINETIC
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography

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