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Concept.png Counterinsurgency 
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Interest of• Richard Clutterbuck
• William Corson
• Frank Kitson
• Michael D. Lumpkin
• Military Reconnaissance Force
• Political Warfare Cadres Academy
• School of the Americas
• James Steele
• Jim Steele
• Rod Thornton
• Bing West
• Charles Wickham
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.[1]

Tactics may include:


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.


An example

Page nameDescription
Sétif and Guelma massacreLarge French colonial massacre in 1945.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Field Manual 30-31bField Manual10 March 1970William Westmoreland
Kenneth Wickham
An U.S. document describing top secret counterinsurgency tactics, including a "strategy of tension" involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince allied governments of the need for counter-action. It also points out the need for heavy recruiting among the officer corps and security forces in the host country.
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