Winning Hearts and Minds: The Key to Defeating an Insurgency
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISS TX
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As America leads the fight against world terrorism our success on the nontraditional battle field rests with the Soldier with boots on the ground. Leaders at all levels, from the policy makers in Washington down to the squad leader, must have an understanding of the history and culture of the enemy and the local population. Without and understanding of history and culture winning the hearts and minds of the locals will lead to conflict and loss of support and eventual defeat by the insurgents. The Philippine War and Vietnam conflict provide excellent examples of what happens when leaders fail to take into consideration the culture and history of the enemy and local population.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics