Thursday, November 13, 2008

Unconventional Warfare

Unconventional warfare (UW) is defined by the US Army as “Operations conducted by, with, or through irregular forces in support of a resistance movement, an insurgency, or conventional military operations… This definition reflects two essential criteria: UW must be conducted by, with, or through surrogates; and such surrogates must be irregular forces.”

Examples include Guatemala (1950), Cuba (1960-61), North Vietnam (1964-72), South Vietnam (1967-72), Iraq (1991-96), Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-02), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2002-03).

New US Army manual ( to 14/11/2008) not approved for public release available here, however.

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