Accession Number : ADA562847


Title :   Professional Irregular Defense Forces: The Other Side of COIN


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Fabian, Sandor


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a562847.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 187


Abstract : Throughout history, small nation-states have generally organized their militaries and based their homeland-defense strategies on at least one of four conventional models. They have from time to time chosen to imitate large states militaries, have joined alliances, assumed neutrality, obtained weapons of mass destruction in more modern times, or implemented some combination of these. A deeper analysis of history, however, unearths other possibilities for defensive postures. The use of irregular strategies and forces, when small nations have faced much bigger and stronger adversaries, has been successful quite a few times. While countries with traditional, orthodox, military mindsets and organizations have spent the last few decades trying to counter irregular forces and strategies, and learning to fight them effectively, the other side of the coin-the adoption of irregular warfare techniques-has been poorly explored. This research was conducted to fill this gap. What can be learned and used at the state level from the strength and historical successes of irregular strategies and forces? Through the analysis of six irregular conflicts, including successful and failed examples, this thesis examines the possible utility and exportability of an irregular strategy as a preferred homeland-defense approach for small states.


Descriptors :   *HOMELAND DEFENSE , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *NATIONS , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , HISTORY , LEARNING , MILITARY STRATEGY , THESES


Subject Categories : Civil Defense
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE