Accession Number : ADA573583


Title :   The Role of Civil Affairs in Unconventional Warfare


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Banfield, Garric M ; Bleakley, Jonathan G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a573583.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 117


Abstract : With the renewed focus on Unconventional Warfare as a means of achieving U.S. Foreign and National Security Policy goals, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Civil Affairs force must assess its capability to conduct Civil Affairs operations in support of an Unconventional Warfare campaign. This thesis examines Civil Affairs' current role and surveys past conflicts to explore Civil Affairs' potential role in all phases of Unconventional Warfare. It assumes that political and logistical networks are the keys to building and sustaining a revolutionary movement. The thesis answers the following questions: How can Civil Affairs forces in place now and deployed for an operation identify, develop, and motivate revolutionary networks that can be activated to sustain a revolution and fulfill U.S. policy needs within a foreign nation?; and How can Civil Affairs doctrine be revised to better support these tasks?


Descriptors :   *CIVIC ACTION , *CIVIL AFFAIRS , *DOCTRINE , *MILITARY HISTORY , *POLITICAL REVOLUTION , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , CASE STUDIES , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , GUERRILLA WARFARE , HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , INSURGENCY , IRAQI WAR , LAOS , MOBILIZATION , PHILIPPINES , PUBLIC OPINION , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE