Col. Scott D. Aiken USMC is a career infantry officer with over twenty-six years of service and is a veteran of irregular warfare. Since September 11, 2001, he has deployed four times in support of the War on Terrorism in various parts of the world, to include Guantanamo Bay Cuba; eastern Africa and Iraq. Colonel Aiken is currently assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training (G-3) with II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
"Aiken presents a thorough analysis of Marion's successful
operations of unconventional warfare, a 'strategy of erosion, ' and
always fighting outnumbered and outgunned coupled with superiority
in mobility, reconnaissance, intelligence, logistics, tactical
planning, and execution. Aiken also compares Marion's means to
irregular warfare in the 21st century." --Military Officer
"Aiken's analysis is sharp, benefitting from his own experience in the US Marine Corps...This is a highly unusual analysis, viewing irregular warfare from the perspective of the underdog. It contains many lessons useful to students and practitioners on both sides." -- Warships International Fleet Review
"Aiken's scholarly analysis of the partisan tactics is a bonus. The author's military background makes him uniquely qualified to address this important aspect of Marion's soldiering...Each well-constructed sentence is chock full of information and thought provoking analysis. If you have any interest in the colonial period in the south you will want to read this book." -- The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC)
"Colonel Aiken shines his considerable experience with irregular warfare on the campaigns of Francis Marion. Using modern Marine Corps and Department of Defense doctrine, he compares Marion's partisan tactics to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq today. The result will be of interest to both military historians and Francis Marion enthusiasts."
--Steven D. Smith, author of Archaeological Perspectives on Partisan Communities: Francis Marion at Snow's Island in History, Landscape, and Memory
--John O. Thornhill, past president, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution
--John A. Nagl, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam