About Insurgency 101
|August 18th, 2008||#1|
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Insurgency 101 info
Insurgency is defined as an organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict.
Counterinsurgency is defined as military, paramilitary, or other political authority, psychological, economic and civic actions taken by a government to defeat an insurgency.
Counterinsurgents should prepare for a long and protracted battle, months, years, even decades. Significant time and resources are often necessary to defeat an insurgency, to include a full commitment from host nation governments and the local populace. Without full support from the people and a determination to hold out, counterinsurgencies are often doomed to fail.
Insurgent asymmetrical warfare is completely different from conventional warfare, particularly when considering time frames and lengths of campaigns. Most people measure successes of counterinsurgencies in terms of conventional warfare time frames, this is ignorant as the strategist and student of history will understand that counterinsurgencies cannot be measured in conventional terms.
Some of the strategies to success in fighting an insurgency:
Using the appropriate level of force
Sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction in order to mitigate unnecessary dangers to the local populace
Gaining relationships with the local populace
Host nation government support
Host nation Army/Police force
The host nation doing something tolerably is better than us doing it well.
Weíve got to know when to step back and allow for host nation forces to learn and grow in anticipation for their eventual autonomous peacekeeping.
This was most recently employed in the control of Basra and the Iraqi forces battle with the Mahdi Army.
Iíve merely touched on a few things that Iíve read, more to follow, please contribute.
|August 18th, 2008||#2|
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That's all good stuff there but we still need to be there for support, backup, coaching, teaching, training and other things. Obviously, they need to do more and more of their own crap but this still should not mean they are 100% on their own. At least not yet IMHO.
Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.
- Samurai maxim
|August 18th, 2008||#3|
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unfortunately, the Iraqi forces are quite uncapable despite recent achievements.
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The average civilian is an uninformed media puppet, they require spoon feeding in order to grasp what is success.
"The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools"
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MCpl K. Steliga
Wing Operations/Air Traffic Control
14 Wing Greenwood
Royal Canadian Air Force
Per ardua ad astra
|August 18th, 2008||#10|
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