Training Indigenous Forces in Counterinsurgency: A Tale of Two Insurgencies
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Counterinsurgency is manpower intensive, and nearly all major counterinsurgency campaigns of the last century have relied heavily on indigenous police and military forces. Indeed, there have been few counterinsurgency situations in which the indigenous security forces were not the primary forces employed on the government side in the conflict, at least in terms of numbers. Although the importance of training indigenous police and military forces is understood in counterinsurgency doctrine and theory, relatively little research has been conducted concerning how this mission should be carried out. Hopefully, this monograph will help fill some of the information gap on this vital subject. There are several major questions that need to be addressed How can the supporting or governing power best organize the local police and military forces for counterinsurgency What level of training do security forces need to conduct effective counterinsurgency operations What is the role of the police in counterinsurgency What is the role of home guards or irregular security organizations What kinds of training programs produce effective police and military leaders These are very relevant questions today as the U.S. military revises its counterinsurgency doctrine. Currently, U.S. forces are engaged in campaigns against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are providing advice and support to the Philippine and Colombian governments in their battles against insurgents. In all of these countries, the U.S. military is engaged in training and supporting the local police and military force for counterinsurgency operations. As the Global War on Terror continues, the U.S. military will certainly see many more missions to train and support indigenous security forces.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare