Horse-Mounted Troops in Low Intensity Conflict
Individual study project,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper argues for the development of a horse-mounted capability within US Special Operations Forces to support the conduct of counter insurgency operations. Horse-mounted troops are an asset that cannot be ignored given the likelihood that the US will be involved in assisting friendly governments combating insurgencies to some degree into the next century. Horse-mounted troops provide the capabilities of Mobility Surprise Security Intimidation. Several recent historical examples of the effective use of horse-mounted troops in a counter insurgency role are presented and discussed. The operational concept calls for Horse Qualified teams within the special forces structure capable of providing advice and assistance to host government forces. The horses utilized would be locally obtained in the area involved. Other than for training and proficiency maintenance, no horse-mounted establishment in CONUS is envisioned.
- Unconventional Warfare