Accession Number:

ADA532988

Title:

Case Study: Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

In 2001, Special Operations Command Pacific formed Joint Special Operations Task Force-510 to lead operations in the southern Philippines Islands of Mindanao and Basilan. The broad purpose was to assist the government of the Philippines by increasing the capacity of the Philippine armed forces in the south to deal with an outlaw Islamic terrorist group, Al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, or the Abu Sayyaf Group ASG, thereby to increase the stability of an important regional ally, as well as contribute to what became the global war on terrorism. The problem posed was one requiring the conceptual apparatus of design thinking, even though it anticipated formalization of design doctrine FM 5-0 by a number of years. The experience also illustrates application of the historical principles of counterinsurgency listed in FM 3-24.2 The situation was complex. The U.S. government, which had neglected their former colony and erstwhile ally since the base closings of 1992, was becoming aware of the threat posed by insurgents to this still friendly government, located on the vital western Pacific waterways. The Philippine government remained sensitive to U.S. intervention for a variety of historical reasons, some from the colonial past, some from more recent events. Moreover, at the time, the Philippine government was In 2001, Special Operations Command Pacific formed Joint Special Operations Task Force-510 to lead operations in the southern Philippines Islands of Mindanao and Basilan. The broad purpose was to assist the government of the Philippines by increasing the capacity of the Philippine armed forces in the south to deal with an outlaw Islamic terrorist group, Al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, or the Abu Sayyaf Group ASG, thereby to increase the stability of an important regional ally, as well as contribute to what became the global war on terrorism.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE