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Kilcullen og OPTISIMU

Studenteropgave: Diplomprojekt

  • Terkel Emil Wolff
Afgangsprojekt, Den militære diplomuddannelse (Diplomuddannelse)
This project shows that David Kilcullen’s article 1 and 2, from his work in Twenty-Eight Articles, can be used to supplement the analysis model used by the Danish Army’s platoon commanders, with a stakeholder analysis, in order to gain greater cultural awareness and through that less friction between own forces and the local population and security forces. Furthermore, the project states that the current doctrine at the platoon level is capable of functioning in a population-centric mission, even though it originates from an enemy-centric approach to warfare.
The project is based on five qualitative interviews with former platoon commanders, who have been deployed to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
To validate Kilcullen’s 10-year-old theory this project uses RAND’s rapport from 2013 in which they state certain recommendations that will ensure the best results in a counterinsurgency scenario.
From these recommendations, the ones that have a direct application to the platoon commander, have been selected and used to validate the articles Kilcullen has written. Eight of Kilcullens articles are used in the following analysis of the former platoon commanders’ interviews to identify similarities between their practise and Kilcullen’s take on COIN at the junior officer’s level.
The following discussion revolves around whether or not the Danish doctrine needs to be updated due to the fact that four out of the five interviewed have used an extensive stakeholder analysis, and the fifth would if he were to be deployed as a platoon commander.
Further studies of the practises of platoon commanders deployed to the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan is needed to validate the recommendations concluded in this project due to the relatively small number of interviews.
Udgivelsesdato3 nov. 2017
Antal sider47
Udgivende institutionHærens Officersskole
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