Accession Number : ADA300106

Title :   A Model of Insurgency: Reflections of Clausewitz's 'Paradoxical Trinity' Lessons for Operational Planners Considering Conventional Forces in Unconventional Operations.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Buckley, John C., II

PDF Url : ADA300106

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This monograph addresses the employment of conventional military force against insurgency. First, it provides a model to analyze insurgency in terms of Clausewitz's "paradoxical trinity." Secondly, the monograph assesses this model's validity by applying it to the Vietnam War and the conflict in Northern Ireland. The paper concludes with implications for future planners considering conventional forces in unconventional operations. Although the two world powers failed to direct military operations properly in their respective insurgent environments, this study provides some unique operational planning considerations. These considerations are important since the end of the Cold War has simultaneously caused a reduction in U.S. military forces, and compelled the U.S. to increase its global commitments in a hostile strategic environment.

Descriptors :   *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *INSURGENCY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, ENVIRONMENTS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), VALIDATION, PLANNING, COLD WAR, ENEMY, NORTH(DIRECTION), IRELAND, VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE