Accession Number : ADA620857


Title :   Counterinsurgency Lessons from Colombia: An Assessment of the Colombian Army Transformation from 1998 to 2010


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Camacho, David A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620857.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 101


Abstract : This thesis offers an account of how the Colombian Army recovered from a series of humiliating defeats inflicted upon it by illegal armed groups led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the 1990s. It explains how a combination of internally generated, bottom-up and top-down organizational innovations, U.S. security assistance, and dynamic management from President Alvaro Uribe and a civilianized Ministry of Defense was able to restore Colombian Army morale, and to restructure and reorganize the military into an offensive force able to gain battlefield dominance and restore government authority over a greater part of the national territory.


Descriptors :   *COLOMBIA , *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , ADAPTATION , COMMUNITY RELATIONS , DRUG SMUGGLING , HISTORY , LEADERSHIP , LESSONS LEARNED , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MILITARY STRATEGY , NATIONAL SECURITY , POLICIES , STABILITY , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE