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The Development Of Indonesias Doctrine for Special Hostage Rescue Operations

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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This thesis offers guidance for hostage-rescue operations by the Indonesian Armed Forces Special Forces. It analyzes three hostage situation case studies two involving the United States and one involving Indonesia. These case studies are analyzed using the principles of special operations applicable to a rescue operation. These principles, derived from the theory of special operations, are simplicity, security, repetition, surprise, speed, purpose, operators skills, and deception. Along with the theory of special operations, several guiding principles are also considered to both enhance the analysis and upgrade Indonesian doctrine for these particular rescue operations. These guiding principles are drawn from U.S. doctrine regarding military development in countries around the globe. Both the current Indonesian doctrine and manual need to be adjusted to reflect the dynamics of the current shifting nature of threats. A sound and systematic doctrine offering applicable guidance maximizes the chances of a successful operation. Furthermore, this thesis highlights the distinct phases and characteristics within a special operation. It provides a thorough understanding of the need for clear Indonesian doctrine and guidance for operators and planners in preparing a special rescue operation.

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