Accession Number:

ADA612251

Title:

The Civil Side of Irregular Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

This monograph explores the role of civil affairs or civic action in irregular warfare by posing the question can civil affairs operations be utilized as an offensive capability in irregular warfare The purpose of this research is to contribute further understanding and clarification of the irregular warfare concept. The case studies chosen were HAMAS, Hezbollah, and CORDS which offer multiple perspectives from which to pose the research question. The monograph explores the timing and relationship between civil activities, such as governance and social services, and lethal operations. The research demonstrates that civic action could precede doctrines current description of the onset of irregular warfare. This conclusion implies a potential reframing of Irregular Warfare in U.S. doctrine, the development of additional tools to enhance understanding of the operational environment, and the need for a theory and refined definition of civil affairs.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE