Resurrecting Phoenix: Lessons in COIN Operations
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper examines the concept of resurrecting a modified version of the Phoenix Program for possible use in counterinsurgency COIN efforts in Iraq. Phoenix was a successful COIN program which lasted in South Vietnam from 1967-1973. Examination of the Phoenix Program is done in this paper, and particular emphasis is given to interagency cooperation on the operational level. This paper also examines modern-day examples of both successful and unsuccessful COIN operations in Africa and Asia and the lessons learned from these efforts. Specific operational level recommendations are given, as well as consideration to the limitations such a program would have in the current political and social climate.
- Unconventional Warfare