Accession Number : ADA191693

Title :   The Philippine NPA (New People's Army) Insurgency: A Center of Gravity Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Study project rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Spottswood, Stephen A

PDF Url : ADA191693

Report Date : Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The intent of this paper is to identify the center of gravity of the New People's Army insurgency in the Philippines. In order to accomplish this task an indepth review of the origins and major characteristics of communist revolutionary warfare was first under taken so that these characteristics could then be applied to the particular situation in the Philippines. The NPA insurgency was then analyzed using the four main components of revolutionary war-Party, Military Arm, Population, and Secure Base Areas. The purpose of the analysis was to determined the main element upon which the whole force of the movement rests. Finally, conclusions and recommendations for national policy makers were offered. The perspective of this paper is strategic and operational vice tactical and strictly unclassified sources were used throughout in order to not get bogged down in tactical details. Accordingly, this paper does not attempt to recommend specific counter-insurgency strategies nor review NPA tactical strategy except when appropriate to the strategic and operational perspective.

Descriptors :   *INSURGENCY, *GUERRILLA WARFARE, MILITARY FACILITIES, PHILIPPINES, POPULATION, STRATEGY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, COMMUNISTS

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE