Accession Number : ADA547260


Title :   Protecting, Isolating, and Controlling Behavior: Population and Resource Control Measures in Counterinsurgency Campaigns


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


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


Personal Author(s) : Battjes, Mark E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547260.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 368


Abstract : Classical counterinsurgency theorists emphasize that it is necessary for the government to gain and maintain control of the population to defeat an insurgency. They describe population and resource control measures as a means of doing so. However, some contemporary writers have questioned the legitimacy of such tactics and doubt that they can be employed effectively in modern campaigns. Four case studies from three different campaigns, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq, examine how population and resource control measures can be employed effectively and legitimately by the counterinsurgent force. The case studies reveal that protecting and isolating the population is the most critical component of any counterinsurgency campaign. Without this condition the other measures will not achieve their desired effect. The case studies also reveal that once protection and isolation are in place, the government can focus on controlling the behavior of the population. That is, it can prevent behavior that supports the insurgency while enabling behavior that supports the government or is neutral. This denies the insurgency its means of support and facilitates the destruction of its armed and subversive elements by the counterinsurgent forces.


Descriptors :   *CONTROL , *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *COMMUNITY RELATIONS , *CIVILIAN POPULATION , *PROTECTION , *ISOLATION , *MILITARY HISTORY , CASE STUDIES , FRANCE , VIETNAM WAR , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , INSURGENCY , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , UNITED KINGDOM , THEORY , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , PHILIPPINES , IRAQI WAR , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE