| Counterinsurgency |
|Interest of||• Richard Clutterbuck|
• William Corson
• Frank Kitson
• Michael D. Lumpkin
• Military Reconnaissance Force
• School of the Americas
• Jim Steele
• Rod Thornton
• Bing West
|Suppression of uprisings.|
Counterinsurgency is the repression of uprisings by the dominant power in a nation state. Other nations can assist with it. The methods employed vary widely as does the terrain in which the altercation takes place.
Counterinsurgency tactics have been employed in the jungles of Asian nations as well as the urban environment in Germany and Ireland during the 70's and 80's. British army officers are credited with pioneering the field, among them General Frank Kitson, who fought in Malaya, Kenya, Aden and Northern Ireland.
Tactics may include:
- Psychological operations
- Population relocation
- Food control
- Mass detentions
- False flags - "pseudo-gangs" (double agents) 
The field manuals and propaganda behind counterinsurgency involves projection, where the enemy (often idealistic guerilla movements) is accused of the very atrocities the counterinsurgency specialist is committing on a large scale.
|Sétif and Guelma massacre||Large French colonial massacre in 1945.|
|Document:Field Manual 30-31b||Field Manual||10 March 1970||William Westmoreland|