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Headquarters
Department of the Army
Washington, DC, 30 November 2010

Training Circular
No. 18-01

Special Forces Unconventional Warfare
Contents
Page

PREFACE ................................................................................................................... iv
Chapter 1

OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................... 1-1
Introduction to Unconventional Warfare .................................................................... 1-1
The Role of Unconventional Warfare in United States National Strategy ................. 1-2
Feasibility for United States Sponsorship ................................................................. 1-3
Physical and Human Environmental Conditions ....................................................... 1-3
Resistance Movement Characterisics ....................................................................... 1-5
The Criticality of the Feasibility Assessment ............................................................. 1-6
Ways the United States Conducts Unconventional Warfare..................................... 1-7
The Seven Phases of Unconventional Warfare ........................................................ 1-8
Elements in Unconventional Warfare ........................................................................ 1-9

Chapter 2

FUNDAMENTALS OF RESISTANCE AND INSURGENCY .................................... 2-1
Why Populations Resist ............................................................................................ 2-1
Dynamics of Successful Insurgencies....................................................................... 2-3
The Components of an Insurgency ........................................................................... 2-8
Additional Elements of an Insurgency ..................................................................... 2-12
Infrastructure of a Resistance Movement or Insurgency ........................................ 2-13
Organization of Medical Support Within the Area Complex .................................... 2-17
Insurgent Support Networks .................................................................................... 2-18

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