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TC 18-01 - Special Forces Unconventional Warfare - USA - 2010

TC 18-01 - Special Forces Unconventional Warfare - USA - 2010

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TC 18-01
Special ForcesUnconventional Warfare
November 2010
DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION:
Distribution authorized to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors onlyto protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under the International ExchangeProgram or by other means. This determination was made on 1 August 2010. Other requests for this documentmust be referred to Commander, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School,ATTN: AOJK-DTD-SF, 2175 Reilly Road, Stop A, Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000.
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This publication has been reviewed by the product developersin coordination with the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School foreigndisclosure authority. This product is releasable to students from foreign countries on a case-by-case basis only.
Headquarters, Department of the Army
 
 
DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION:
Distribution authorized to U.S. Government agencies and theircontractors only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under theInternational Exchange Program or by other means. This determination was made on 1 August 2010.Other requests for this document must be referred to Commander, United States Army John F. KennedySpecial Warfare Center and School, ATTN: AOJK-DTD-SF, 2175 Reilly Road, Stop A, Fort Bragg, NC28310-5000.
DESTRUCTION NOTICE:
Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents orreconstruction of the document.
FOREIGN DISCLOSURE RESTRICTION (FD 6):
This publication has been reviewed by the productdevelopers in coordination with the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center andSchool foreign disclosure authority. This product is releasable to students from foreign countries on acase-by-case basis only.
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Training CircularNo. 18-01HeadquartersDepartment of the ArmyWashington, DC, 30 November 2010
Special Forces Unconventional Warfare
Contents
Page
PREFACE ................................................................................................................... iv
 
Chapter 1 OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................... 1-1
 
Introduction to Unconventional Warfare .................................................................... 1-1
 
The Role of Unconventional Warfare in United States National Strategy ................. 1-2
 
Feasibility for United States Sponsorship ................................................................. 1-3
 
Physical and Human Environmental Conditions ....................................................... 1-3
 
Resistance Movement Characterisics ....................................................................... 1-5
 
The Criticality of the Feasibility Assessment ............................................................. 1-6
 
Ways the United States Conducts Unconventional Warfare ..................................... 1-7
 
The Seven Phases of Unconventional Warfare ........................................................ 1-8
 
Elements in Unconventional Warfare ........................................................................ 1-9
 
Chapter 2 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESISTANCE AND INSURGENCY .................................... 2-1
 
Why Populations Resist ............................................................................................ 2-1
 
Dynamics of Successful Insurgencies ....................................................................... 2-3
 
The Components of an Insurgency ........................................................................... 2-8
 
Additional Elements of an Insurgency ..................................................................... 2-12
 
Infrastructure of a Resistance Movement or Insurgency ........................................ 2-13
 
Organization of Medical Support Within the Area Complex .................................... 2-17
 
Insurgent Support Networks .................................................................................... 2-18
 
 
Contentsii TC 18-01 30 November 2010
Chapter 3 CONCEPT OF EMPLOYMENT ................................................................................ 3-1
 
Planning for Unconventional Warfare ....................................................................... 3-1
 
Seven Phases of Unconventional Warfare ............................................................... 3-2
 
Civil Affairs Support to the Seven Phases of Unconventional Warfare .................... 3-8
 
Logistics Considerations ........................................................................................... 3-9
 
Supply Considerations ............................................................................................ 3-10
 
Command and Control ............................................................................................ 3-13
 
Legal Principles ....................................................................................................... 3-15
 
Appendix A AREA STUDY ........................................................................................................... A-1
 
Appendix B SPECIAL FORCES AREA ASSESSMENT ............................................................. B-1
 
Appendix C SAMPLE TRAINING PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTIONFOR RESISTANCE FORCES .................................................................................. C-1
 
Appendix D SPECIAL FORCES CACHING................................................................................. D-1
 
GLOSSARY ................................................................................................. Glossary-1
 
REFERENCES ......................................................................................... References-1
 
INDEX ................................................................................................................ Index-1
 
Figures
Figure 1-1. Unconventional warfare terminology ................................................................... 1-2
 
Figure 1-2. Support for an insurgency ................................................................................... 1-4
 
Figure 1-3. Phases of unconventional warfare ...................................................................... 1-9
 
Figure 2-1. Resistance terminology ....................................................................................... 2-2
 
Figure 2-2. Structure of an insurgency or resistance movement ........................................... 2-4
 
Figure 2-3. Operational cell .................................................................................................... 2-9
 
Figure 2-4. Intelligence cell .................................................................................................... 2-9
 
Figure 2-5. Parallel cells ...................................................................................................... 2-10
 
Figure 2-6. Auxiliary cell ....................................................................................................... 2-11
 
Figure 2-7. Cells in series .................................................................................................... 2-11
 
Figure 2-8. Resistance structure with government-in-exile ................................................. 2-13
 
Figure 2-9. Area complex ..................................................................................................... 2-14
 
Figure 2-10. Permanent base security ................................................................................. 2-15
 
Figure 3-1. Unconventional warfare elements ....................................................................... 3-2
 
Figure A-1. Area study outline format .................................................................................... A-1
 
Figure B-1. Sample principal assessment ............................................................................. B-1
 

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