Irregular techniques for controlling under-governed space
Coburn, Matthew D.
MetadataShow full item record
The United States government has identified undergoverned areas in weakened or failed states as one of the threats faced by the U.S. and its allies because these spaces can provide safe havens for terrorists. Under certain circumstances, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) may choose to counter these threats by utilizing specific elements of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to work indirectly through irregular forces who can achieve control over and legitimacy with the populations within these under-governed areas. This study uses the cases of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Taliban in Afghanistan to determine how irregular forces, with external support, can establish political control of under-governed space. To a more limited extent, this study also determines methods that Special Operations Forces (SOF) can utilize to influence irregular surrogates, should SOF choose to operate by, with, and through them to attempt to establish control of under-governed space within weakened or failed states in support of United States foreign policy. This study provides lessons learned and potential implications for emerging DoD irregular warfare (IW) literature and future DoD and USSOCOM IW doctrine design and operational planning.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Collins, Christofer M. (Cambridge, Massachusetts; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001-09);Supporting the ships and submarines berthed at United States Navy installations is a core capability and essential to mission-readiness. Over the previous ten years, Congressional discretionary spending, which keeps these ...
Pulling the religious trigger: Iran's end-times beliefs and divine justifications for potential action against the United States Moody, Jamison B. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014-09);The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran has significantly shaped and impacted developments in the Near and Middle East and inspired the regional rise of Shia Islam. Iran's Islamic government has consistently played a leading ...
Scheduling aircrew training at United States Navy Fleet Readiness Squadron HC-3 during replacements of H-46D helicopters by CH-60S Jasperson, Kevin S. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 1999-09);The United States Navy is replacing the H-46D helicopter with the new CH-60S helicopter. Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three (HC-3) is the U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Squadron, responsible for training the contingent ...