Accession Number:

ADA545259

Title:

Observations for Practitioners: Counterinsurgency as a Complex Operation

Descriptive Note:

Civilian Research Project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA SENIOR SERVICE COLL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-04-22

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

The primary consideration in counterinsurgency COIN is providing security and support to the local population, who are the center of gravity COG. Achieving this, however, is significantly more difficult than recognizing the requirement. In order to achieve appropriate levels of security and support for the local population, the militarys role and functions must be properly understood in the context of the strategic situation and the art of the possible in the specific case. This paper explores COIN as a complex operation, and specifically addresses the dynamics of supporting local populations. This paper further explores pressing strategic challenges presented by insurgencies and seeks to establish some strategic clarity, as well as indicate some opportunities and solutions at both the strategic and operational levels. Specific issues covered include the nature of COIN, with a focus on the indirect approach the importance of understanding Unconventional Warfare UW as a basis for understanding COIN explores the concepts and roles of functionaries and warriors and of a New Heroic Age includes the importance of Security Force Assistance SFA covers the challenges and benefits of multinational operations and presents several conclusions and recommendations for doctrine, training, and educational development of personnel.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE