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Rise of the Irregulars

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On FP Rise of the Irregulars by Robert Haddick
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The common thread in all these developments is that conventional military operations, especially sustained ground operations, attract too much attention and are too politically fraught to be useful against irregular adversaries. These adversaries adopted a civilian guise in order to evade Western firepower. Western governments in turn are civilianizing their military operations in order to evade the attention that comes with overt deployments and to achieve the operational flexibility required to succeed on the terrain where irregular adversaries operate. This will mean the increased use of covert intelligence operations, official and indigenous paramilitary groups, the recruitment of local militias, and civilian security contractors. With this civilianization of military operations, regular soldiers will be left wondering why they weren't invited to the next war.
My bold, an interesting idea. Not really new, Langley got pretty hefty in the cold war as well.

It's also something of a boondoggle, standing armies are big government, they aren't profit making enterprises, but folk get fat on contracting. That finally means lobbying power in DC and so the circle continues. And unlike the Cold War there is no looming existential threat to restrain expansion, the amorphous GWOT is nearly ideal for this.
 
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On FP Rise of the Irregulars by Robert Haddick
My bold, an interesting idea. Not really new, Langley got pretty hefty in the cold war as well.

It's also something of a boondoggle, standing armies are big government, they aren't profit making enterprises, but folk get fat on contracting. That finally means lobbying power in DC and so the circle continues. And unlike the Cold War there is no looming existential threat to restrain expansion, the amorphous GWOT is nearly ideal for this.
IIRC, Christians in Action did'nt exactly cover themselves in glory during the paramilitary operations of the Cold War. The CIA spent $millions sending equipment etc to "resistance groups" within the Soviet Union, the vast majority of whom were killed or turned by the KGB. The attempts to kill Castro were so inept they read like a piss-take of a James Bond move; exploding cigars, chemicals to make Castro's beard fall out, a female assassin who fell in love with Castro...

Yes, the CIA helped turn the Mujahadeen in to a very effective force, mainly by providing them with Stingers and the training to use them. Unfortunately, we all know how that turned out in the end...
 

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IIRC, Christians in Action did'nt exactly cover themselves in glory during the paramilitary operations of the Cold War. The CIA spent $millions sending equipment etc to "resistance groups" within the Soviet Union, the vast majority of whom were killed or turned by the KGB. The attempts to kill Castro were so inept they read like a piss-take of a James Bond move; exploding cigars, chemicals to make Castro's beard fall out, a female assassin who fell in love with Castro...

Yes, the CIA helped turn the Mujahadeen in to a very effective force, mainly by providing them with Stingers and the training to use them. Unfortunately, we all know how that turned out in the end...
Probably the most effective 'irregular' campaign by the US was its Military Advisory Group to El Salvador in the 1980s.
 

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