Accession Number : ADA547715


Title :   Effective Local Security Forces: Some Ideas for the Counterinsurgent


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


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


Personal Author(s) : Mitchell, Dustin R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547715.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 307


Abstract : The security force framework devised for prosecuting a counterinsurgency campaign is essential. A security framework identifies roles and responsibilities for the different organizations that constitute the overall counterinsurgent force. Part of this overall force is responsible for security in a defined geographical area, or the task of local security, and often takes the form of militias, police, or even military forces. In an effort to understand the factors that most influence the effectiveness of such a force, four historical counterinsurgency case studies are examined to identify any common themes. These case studies involve the Philippine War (1899-1902), the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the Dhofar Rebellion (1965-1975), and the Rhodesian Bush War (1966-1980). These factors are then rigorously compared against the Vietnam Conflict (1954-1972) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Six dominant factors emerge that most determine the effectiveness of a local security force: (1) the ability to survive as an organization, (2) local recruitment and employment, (3) threat-based training, (4) equipping and mentoring, (5) proper vetting, and (6) mitigating the effects of expansion. These factors are offered as ideas for counterinsurgents to consider during the recruiting and employment of security forces.


Descriptors :   *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *INDIGENOUS POPULATION , *IRAQI WAR , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *PARAMILITARY FORCES , *POLICE , *VIETNAM WAR , CASE STUDIES , GUERRILLA WARFARE , LESSONS LEARNED , MALAYA , MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MILITARY HISTORY , OMAN , OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , PHILIPPINES , RECRUITING , RHODESIA , SECURITY PERSONNEL , THEORY , THESES , TRAINING


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE