Accession Number : ADA258521


Title :   Army Doctrine and Irregular Warfare


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 1 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Sheehan, Michael A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258521.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 96


Abstract : The purpose of this study is to examine the need for the US Army to publish a distinct warfighting doctrine for irregular warfare in the new FM 100- 5, Operations. The emerging Army doctrine applies to the entire range of conflict, including 'operations short of war.' However, the current literature limits the Army to a support role in the level of conflict previously known as 'low intensity conflict.' Warfighting in the traditional sense is focused on the application of decisive combat, using a modified version of the 'AirLand Battle' doctrine. The thesis reviews the history and theory of irregular war as a distinct form of conflict that requires a different way of thinking about war. Characterized by protracted conflict and the integration of part-time, non- professional soldiers, the history of irregular warfare demonstrates consistent fundamental differences in the conduct of operations.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *CONFLICT , *LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT , *COMBAT FORCES , *HISTORY , ARMY PERSONNEL , BATTLES , ARMY , THEORY , THESES , TIME


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE