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  Unconventional warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Unconventional warfare (UW) is the opposite of conventional warfare.
Where conventional warfare seeks to reduce an opponent's military capability, unconventional warfare is an attempt to achieve military victory through acquiescence, capitulation, or clandestine support for one side of an existing conflict.
On the surface, UW contrasts with conventional warfare in that: forces or objectives are covert or not well-defined, tactics and weapons intensify environments of subversion or intimidation, and the general or long-term goals are coercive or subversive to a political body.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Unconventional warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Chemical warfare is warfare (and associated military operations) using the toxic properties of chemical substances to kill, injure or incapacitate an enemy.
Unconventional warfare is warfare in a manner differing from that of conventional warfare; in many cases, such unconventional means have been deemed war crimes.
Unconventional warfare is warfare in a manner differing from that of conventional warfare; in many cases, such unconventional means have been deemed terrorism or war crimes.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Unconventional-warfare   (2210 words)

 Unconventional Warfare: Definitions from 1950 to the Present. - Special Warfare - HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unconventional warfare consists of military, political, psychological, or economic actions of covert, clandestine, or overt nature within areas under the actual or potential control or influence of a force or state whose interests and objectives are inimical to those of the United States.
Unconventional warfare is defined as a broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations conducted in enemy, enemy held, enemy controlled, or politically sensitive territory.
Unconventional warfare: A broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations that are not usually directed at the conventional objective of defeating the enemy's military forces in combat.
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 Beyond September 11 - Difficulties of Confronting Unconventional Warfare
Strategists of unconventional warfare have for decades sought to turn the anger and might of a military giant against itself.
Thus, those relying on unconventional warfare depend on the response of their powerful victims to create something that they cannot alone create: a broad seedbed of sympathizers among people previously apathetic or even hostile to their cause.
The challenge in dealing with unconventional warfare: to limit their capacity to do grave harm without doing large scale, grave harm in response and to address the concerns in larger populations which those using the unconventional warfare try to exploit.
www.emu.edu /ctp/bse-unconvent.html   (637 words)

 Jungle warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jungle warfare, as understood in modern military terms, was developed during World War II when Allied forces fought the Japanese Imperial Army in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.
The real pioneer of jungle warfare, who methodically developed it as a branch of unconventional warfare--the low-intensity, guerrilla-based, "war of the flea" type of revolutionary warfare as it is understood today--was probably the British in Malaya during the Second World War.
With the end of the Vietnam War, jungle warfare fell into disfavour among the major armies in the world, namely, those of the US/NATO and USSR/Warsaw Pact, which focused their attention to conventional warfare with a nuclear flavour to be fought on the jungle-less European battlefields.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jungle_warfare   (976 words)

 Chapter 2: Toward a Doctrine of Special Warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unconventional warfare, then, was both a kind of war and a range of tactics; the Special Forces were to become the adepts in their application.
Unconventional warfare in practice became the American form of covert war: American offensives for American prerogatives against adversary or ambiguous governments or fllisted groups or personalities— whether or not a partisan movement existed, or indigenous "partisans" could be borrowed or bought for the task.
And in practice, guerrilla warfare was considered outside the law, thus to be dealt with outside the law (a significant message for the American in either the guerrilla or the counterguerrilla role).
www.statecraft.org /chapter2.html   (15673 words)

 Unconventional warfare: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Biological warfare, also known as germ warfare, is the use of any organism (bacteria, virus (biology)virus or other disease-causing organism) or toxin...
Chemical warfare is warfare (and associated military operations) using the toxic chemical propertyproperties of chemical substances to kill, injure or...
Asymmetric warfare is a military term to describe warfare in which the two belligerents are mismatched in their military capabilities or accustomed methods...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/u/un/unconventional_warfare.htm   (1124 words)

 The Anglo-Irish War, 1916-1921: A People's War - Questia Online Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unconventional warfare is as old as warfare itself.
Although unconventional warfare is most commonly used by small, extra-governmental groups or nations, larger nations practice it as well.
One of the greatest problems regular or conventional forces have with unconventional warfare is that they are often unable to deal effectively with it in a military, political, economic and cultural sense.
www.questia.com /PM.qst?a=o&docId=15085142   (342 words)

 Understanding Revolutionary Warfare
It is evident that warfare has shifted away from conventional wars fought by large heavily equipped armies to unconventional wars commonly referred to as guerrilla wars.
In his Guerrilla Warfare, Mao quotes Lenin: As regards the form of fighting, it is unconditionaly requisite that history be investigated in order to discover the conditions of environment, the state of economic progress, and the political ideas that obtained, the national characteristics, customs and degree of civilization...
The emergences of revolutionary warfare and its attendant body of theory is a relatively recent historical development"...largely because it is so closely associated with two aspects of modernity- -industrialism and imperialism."4 That is not to say, however, that revolutionary warfare is a totally new concept.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/report/1990/MDI.htm   (4813 words)

 Special Warfare: Unconventional Warfare: The Most Misunderstood Form of Military Operations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unconventional warfare, or UW, is quite possibly the most misunderstood form of United States military operations.
Joint doctrine defines UW as a "broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations, normally of long duration, predominately conducted by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported and directed in varying degrees by an external source.
UW encompasses guerrilla warfare and other direct offensive, low visibility, covert or clandestine operations, as well as the indirect activities of subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities and evasion and escape." [1] This broad definition supports the entire spectrum of UW activities.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0HZY/is_1_14/ai_78397579   (395 words)

 USS Clueless - Unconventional warfare
A better term would be "unconventional warfare", and one of the interesting results of the Afghan campaign is that the US is really quite good at it.
It is true that in some ways unconventional warfare can nullify some of our big muscley ways of fighting, such as heavy use of airpower and armor.
If your enemy is using guerrilla warfare, careful application of bribes and offers of rewards can turn up a great deal of information which can be of use.
www.denbeste.nu /cd_log_entries/2002/02/fog0000000301.shtml   (606 words)

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UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE - conducted within hostile territory by predominantly indigenous forces and often supported by external sources.
USAMHI Warfare-Unconventional RefBranch js 1982 NOTE: ANTI-INFILTRATION TECHNIQUES Essentially, this involves countering unconventional forces, such as intelligence agents, spies, saboteurs, or special forces are dropped or inserted behind a front line, or when native resist- ance fighters, guerrillas, or partisans surface in the rear of an armed force.
Note especially the conclusion about the need for constant patrolling and for small, speedy motorized forces; also, the suggestion that the best defense of key rear areas is a good offense directed at the partisans' strongholds; also, that the rear security duties should be in the hands of well-trained troops, not aged or invalid soldiers.
www.ibiblio.org /pub/academic/history/marshall/military/mil_hist_inst/w/warfr5.asc   (669 words)

 Afghanistan: U.S.-led Commando Teams Fight Taliban With Unconventional Warfare - RADIO FREE EUROPE / RADIO LIBERTY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The U.S.-led coalition's spring offensive in Afghanistan, codenamed Operation Mountain Storm, is using unconventional warfare to target Taliban and Al-Qaeda guerrilla fighters.
That's because the coalition is using unconventional warfare tactics to fight its guerrilla opponent.
The unconventional approach means that much of Operation Mountain Storm is reported as a stream of isolated incidents -- like the announcement today by Hilferty that U.S.-led soldiers had killed three suspected Taliban members this weekend while searching a cave in Qalat, in Zabul Province.
www.rferl.org /featuresarticle/2004/03/941e41ab-25ea-48b5-9090-3d3d35006bb8.html   (1275 words)

 Andinia.com - Combat survival tips: unconventional warfare (I)
Unconventional warfare develops when during a conflict, one of the involved parties is significantly weaker than the other and thus, resorts to new and varied strategies and tactics to confront its adversaries in order to minimise those differences
During this kind of conflicts it is quite common to hear about human rights violations because there is no easy access for international observers or journalists, and both sides involved then to use this as a weapon in order to impregnate their adversaries with fear, destroy their public image or even flmail them.
Social, political, religious and economic problems are generally the causes for unconventional conflicts which, sometimes, can reach the level of violence and complexity of authentic wars.
www.andinia.com /a02826.shtml   (274 words)

During a conference in Los Angeles this week, experts examined the latest trends in warfare and the growing threats posed by terrorist groups and global criminal organizations.
He says warfare is changing dramatically as new methods are being developed by national armies.
The potential for terrorist groups to use unconventional weapons was highlighted five years ago, when the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo (PR: OHM shin- RIKH-yoh) released poisonous Sarin gas in the Tokyo subway system, killing a dozen people and sickening thousands.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2000/06/000613-war1.htm   (879 words)

Unconventional, but they worked and turned out some of the finest counter-insurgency warriors of all time.
The con men of the Selous Scouts were, in fact, conned out of existence by the British, the Americans, the UN and Robert Mugabe.
Of course, throughout the history of counter-insurgency warfare, the failure to establish political goals has rendered military operations ineffective.
members.tripod.com /selousscouts/unconventional.htm   (2300 words)

 Unconventional warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Unconventional warfare is warfare in a manner differing from that of conventional warfare ; in many cases, such unconventionalmeans have been deemed war crimes.
Unconventional warfare involves assassination, espionage, genocide, raiding, and terrorism, sometimes using biological weapons, chemical weapons,and/or nuclear weapons.
Prior to World War I,the use of military aircraft was often seen as unconventional,and criminal.
www.therfcc.org /unconventional-warfare-16449.html   (94 words)

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Unconventional Warfare p.6 Beede, Benjamin R. Intervention and Counterinsurgency: An Annotated Bibliography of the Small Wars of the United States, 18981984.
Unconventional Warfare p.7 Ruth, Harold S. "Chemical Warfare Against a SemiCivilized Enemy with Particular Reference to Its Use Against the Moro." Chem Warfare 16 (Jan 1930): p.
Unconventional Warfare p.8 Martins, Ralph A. "Goumiers Flanked U.S. Troops in Sicily." Cav Jrnl 52 (Sep/Oct 1943): pp.
www.carlisle.army.mil /usamhi/bibliographies/referencebibliographies/war/unconven.doc   (2087 words)

 Airpower and Unconventional Warfare
The savagery of unconventional warfare can be very pervasive, even regular forces have resorted to conduct anathema to the Geneva Convention as seen in Qila-e-Janghi with respect to prisoners of war.
On Sept 11 in New York, an unconventional enemy crafted a commercial aircraft into unconventional airpower and made a major impact on conventional forces, conventional forces miserably failing to protect against unconventional means.
Intelligence succeeded for unconventional forces and failed for conventional forces in New York, in Afghanistan stealth technology was not needed but smart bombs were guided by real-time intelligence in causing crippling damage to the Taliban rank and file, both materially and psychologically.
www.defencejournal.com /2002/january/airpower.htm   (6589 words)

 Chapter 5: Waging Unconventional Warfare: Guatemala, the Congo, and the Cubans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Waging Unconventional Warfare: Guatemala, the Congo, and the Cubans
Planning and implementation incorporated basic features outlined in the armed forces' emerging doctrine of unconventional warfare and involved the forces of the CIA, the Army Special Forces, and the conventional forces of the navy in coordinated action.
What made this unconventional warfare exercise "unconventional" was its use of foreign nationals as cannon fodder, its emphasis on deniability, its sidestepping of the rules of war, and its limited commitment of conventional military support as a means of minimizing international censure in the event of failure.
www.statecraft.org /chapter5.html   (9597 words)

 GoArmy.com > Special Forces > Unconventional Warfare
UW missions give the U.S. Army time to enter a country covertly and build relationships with local militia or natives, who are taught a variety of tactics including subversion, sabotage, intelligence collection and unconventional assisted recovery, which can be employed against the enemy.
One of the most prominent events in recent history to bring the idea of Unconventional Warfare to the public mind is Operation Enduring Freedom.
Soldiers remain in Afghanistan today and continue their hunt for top al-Qaeda officials, including Osama bin Laden, who is thought to be the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
www.goarmy.com /special_forces/unconventional_warfare.jsp   (310 words)

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