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OPTISIMU i COIN: Giver den os det vi har brug for?

Student thesis: Diploma Thesis

  • Johan Malling Beck Tranberg
Afgangsprojekt, (Diploma)
The study’s aim is to apply the most fundamental experiences, from the past years’ COIN operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to Danish troop-leading procedures of sub-tactical military leaders - thus improving the foundation for tactical successes in potentially similar COIN-based operations in the future.
The study takes a point of departure in some of the most well-known and concrete publications addressed to company and platoon commanders; The ‘28. Articles’ from Australian counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, and the American ‘Field manual 324.2 Tactics in counterinsurgency’. The study examines how the recommendations of these works are reflected in relevant publications and articles of mainly American officers and military writers, and in the experiences of Danish sub-tactical leaders who have formerly been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Both with the purpose of uncovering the key aspects of military decision making in COIN.
Based on a categorization of the 28 articles, the study’s three-part analysis thoroughly addresses the topic of transferring first and second hand tactical experiences, along with strategic perspectives to a reviewing discussion of the current Danish methodology of considerations – the OPTISIMU.
Based on this process the study concludes that those considerations may benefit from imposing some structural alterations, but also that such optimizations require no fundamental changes, and that benefit thereby may be achieved through relatively little effort. In addition, it concludes that even in situations where the process may be entirely cognitive, the edification of the most important aspects may still be strengthening to the process.
LanguageDanish
Publication date8 Nov 2018
Number of pages65
Publishing institutionHærens Officersskole
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