Operation Kinetic

Stabilizing Kosovo

Sean M Maloney

In the 1990s, Russia's involvement in Kosovo escalated an already heated political situation. The threat of nuclear forces prompted the Canadian Army to step in with Operation KINETIC, part of NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR), to help establish a stable environment that would keep foreign threats at bay.
Publication date:
July 2018
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Illustration :
13 photographs, 13 maps
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ISBN : 9781612349640

Dimensions : 230 X 150 mm
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• Foreword by Sir Mike Jackson, KFOR commander and later Chief of the General Staff in the UK
• A detailed history of an overlooked and largely forgotten, yet highly successful, operation in the Balkans during the 1990s Yugoslav conflict
• Includes interviews from key players of Operation KINETIC as well as a firsthand account from the author's own observations through his deployment

In the late 1990s, NATO initiated KFOR, the militarized peacekeeping force charged with stabilizing Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for displaced persons and refugees after the genocide and other numerous atrocities carried out during the Balkan conflicts. Operation KINETIC is a not only a history of the origins and operations of the Kosovo Force, it is also a history of the vital Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) and Civil-Military Cooperation operations conducted by the Canadian Army units assigned to KFOR during the crucial early days and months after entry into the province in 1999-2000. 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 another war in the region. Sean Maloney, a Canadian military historian with extensive field experience in the Balkans, draws upon numerous interviews and first-hand accounts of an operation that would later serve as a model in preparing for similar efforts in Afghanistan and provide a blueprint for possible future stabilization operations around the world.


Overall it is an excellent book at many levels, which pays tribute to the fine conduct of the Canadian troops on the ground. I thoroughly recommend it.
Miniature Wargames - John Drewienkiewicz

…provides an excellent overview of the entire NATO effort. I recommend it to anyone who is unversed in the complexities surrounding the alliance's role in the Balkans.
Soldier Magazine

The author claims that the mission's success would serve as inspiration to subsequent missions in Afghanistan and elsewhere.