Accession Number:

ADA592709

Title:

Irregular Warfare: Counterterrorism Forces in Support of Counterinsurgency Operations

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW AND DIPLOMACY MEDFORD MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-03-23

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

United States counterterrorism CT forces have been employed in Afghanistan since October 18, 2001. Over the last decade, the CT force profile and method of operating has evolved. Historically, the CT force was a secretive organization that did little to directly assist conventional battle space owners BSO operating in a shared counterinsurgency COIN environment. Today, the CT force overtly supports the BSO from the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force COMISAF to the many dispersed battalion commanders operating throughout Afghanistan. The CT forces evolution was born of necessity. As the battle space became more complex and conventional forces controlled large tracts of land, ensuring that operations were mutually supporting aided if not guaranteed the CT forces freedom of action FOA. Conversely, operations that were not fully coordinated routinely inhibited the CT forces FOA. In January 2009, the CT force aggressively revamped its method of operating in Afghanistan to provide unprecedented support to BSO and consequently guarantee FOA for the CT force. This effort will focus on unclassified actions taken by the CT force to increase its freedom of action and thus effects in two very different counterinsurgency operating environments Afghanistan and Iraq. Generic inferences will illuminate, and ideally help preserve, the CT force efforts and lessons without compromising ongoing efforts and effects. The study seeks to ensure that the unclassified lessons amassed are captured and ideally learned, trained, rehearsed, and implemented.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE