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Title: Contemporary methodologies in counter-insurgency tactics : towards specialised forces
Authors: John Michael Campbell
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Military and naval science
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: By far the most commonly encountered form of warfare in the world both today and in the greater part of the last century has been that of insurgency of which terrorism (an extension of insurgency) has really struck at the heart of nations since 11 September 2001. Whilst counter-terrorism has been widely addressed and enormous strides have been made in its culture, the conventional insurgency, arguably the greater threat has not yet realized that there is need, not only of principles, but those special skills in security forces that are now called for. No longer can governments simply assign military units to counter-insurgency operations trained in conventional warfare. There must be special skills, and indeed, a special mindset in the soldier far removed from war fighting. It may be appropriate that armies assign major units to no other tasks than becoming proficient in counter-insurgency (COIN) in much the same manner in which Canada and the Nordic countries have become highly proficient in peacekeeping. There is a propensity for many nations' military in current COIN operations to accept tactics that are only appropriate in war-fighting - we look no further than the Middle East today.
Description: 42 p.
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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