Accession Number : ADA623209


Title :   Economics in Counterinsurgency: Analyzing and Applying History's Lessons on Economic Strategy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


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


Personal Author(s) : Weidman, Hayes J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623209.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 108


Abstract : This thesis attempts to identify common basic tenets for the successful application of economics as a component of counterinsurgency efforts. Based on those tenets, this thesis will also explore how US government agencies can better apply economics in future counterinsurgency efforts. Identifying these basic tenets and proposing what agency or construct is best-suited to execute them may ultimately yield a more effective use of economics in prosecuting COIN campaigns in the future. Absence of a common operating framework, vague and conflicting guidance, and a lack of an integrated and cohesive effort among US government agencies in the employment of economics in counterinsurgency operations is apparent. This thesis examines the application of economics through case study analysis, reviewing the Marshall Plan, the Vietnam War, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Analysis of these case studies suggests that host-government partnership, unity of control, and capacity development are fundamental tenets of the successful employment of economics in a counterinsurgency campaign.


Descriptors :   *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *ECONOMICS , *MILITARY HISTORY , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , CASE STUDIES , IRAQI WAR , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY TACTICS , SECOND WORLD WAR , THESES , VIETNAM WAR


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE