Accession Number : ADA274395

Title :   The Future of Insurgency.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Metz, Steven

Report Date : 10 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The author examines existing doctrine and strategy for dealing with insurgency and argues that two forms of future insurgency, spiritual and commercial, will pose the greatest challenges to security professionals, military leaders, and strategists. The specific nature of these challenges will vary from region to region. Security specialists are discovering that the post-cold war world is rifle with persistent, low-level violence, and, in fact, many regions are experiencing a rise in the conflict in the absence of restraints previously imposed by the superpowers. Since frustrations, particularly in the Third World, are increasing, insurgency will become an enduring security problem. Most existing doctrine and strategy used in dealing with insurgency are based on old forms of the phenomenon, especially rural, protracted, people's war. As this type of insurgency becomes obsolete, new forms will emerge. Therefore, it is important to speculate on these future forms in order to assist in the evolution of counterinsurgency strategy and doctrine. Post-cold war world, Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, Spiritual insurgency, Commercial insurgency, People's war, Third world.

Descriptors :   *CONFLICT, *COUNTERINSURGENCY, *DOCTRINE, *INSURGENCY, *LOW LEVEL, *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, COLD WAR, REGIONS, RESTRAINT, SECURITY, SPECIALISTS, STRATEGY, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Unconventional Warfare
      Government and Political Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE