Accession Number : ADA294004

Title :   The Indian Peace-Keeping Force in Sri Lanka, 1987-90. A Case Study in Operations Other Than War.

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Scudieri, James D.

PDF Url : ADA294004

Report Date : 19 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : This monograph analyzes the Indian experience of Operations Other Than War (OOTW) in Sri Lanka, a large, tropical island off the southern tip of India. The Indian Peace-Keeping Force (IPKF), a reinforced division, deployed to monitor a cease-fire between the majority Sinhalese government and the Tamil guerrillas ,and to supervise the turn-in of weapons by the various Tamil militant groups. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was the most fanatical of the guerrilla organizations. The IPKF transitioned to peace enforcement operations and grew to several divisions and infantry brigades. The paper provides background on the ethnic and religious turmoil which has plagued Sri Lanka for decades. It explains India's geopolitical objectives as regional power broker which prompted the ratification of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord on 29 July 1987. This agreement gave the IPKF its mandate. The text traces the IPKF through three significantly different missions as the Accord broke down. Maps place the discussion context, and an Appendix provides a tentative Order Of Battle for the IPKF. The monograph emphasizes the tactical 'lessons learned' of the IPKF and their ramifications for future American OOTW.

Descriptors :   *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, INDIA, DEPLOYMENT, LESSONS LEARNED, INFANTRY, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, EFFICIENCY, CASE STUDIES, MISSIONS, GEOPOLITICS, ETHNIC GROUPS, MILITARY TRAINING, ORDER OF BATTLE, URBAN AREAS, RURAL AREAS, GUERRILLA WARFARE, INSURGENCY, SRI LANKA.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare
      Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE