Introduction An insurgency is a violent, armed rebellion against authority waged by small, lightly armed bands who practice guerrilla warfare from primarily rural base areas. The key descriptive feature of insurgency is its asymmetric nature: small irregular forces face a large, well-equipped, regular military force state adversary. Due to this asymmetry, insurgents avoid large-scale direct… Read More
What are Civil-Military Operations?
Introduction Civil-military operations (CMO) are activities of a military force to minimise civil interference on and maximise civil support for military operations. Outline CMO is conducted in conjunction with combat operations during wartime and becomes a central part of a military campaign in counter-insurgencies. Some militaries have specialised units dedicated to conduct CMO, such as… Read More
Linking the US Military, Psychopharmaceuticals & Global Counterinsurgency
Research Paper Title Pharmaceutical Creep: U.S. Military Power and the Global and Transnational Mobility of Psychopharmaceuticals. Abstract In 2006, the United States Department of Defence developed for the first time official criteria for the use of psychopharmaceuticals “in theatre” – in the physical and tactical spaces of military operations including active combat. Based on fieldwork… Read More
COIN Operations: Not Just for Infantry Officers!
Research Paper Title Civil Engineer Corps Expeditionary Officership Course. Thesis Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations will require that all officers, regardless of military occupational specialty, be prepared to lead across the entire spectrum of conflict. Discussion Traditional geographic boundaries associated with conventional warfare are not applicable in COIN operations. Combat and stability operations efforts are intertwined in a COIN… Read More
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