Counterinsurgency Based on Sound Intelligence Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Counterinsurgency Based on Sound Intelligence
A discussion on the need for the American military to produce better intelligence to inform counterinsurgency strategies on the ground.
# 149366 | 1,518 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 11, 2011 in Political Science (Terrorism) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars) , Military (General)

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The paper argues that our intelligence community has not yet experienced the full scale integration into modern military strategy necessary for the changing nature of conflict. The paper explains how counterinsurgency forces today are proving formidable for their unpredictability, the difficulty of pinning down assault patterns and their capacity to operate absent of certain hierarchical conditions requisite to western military orientation. The paper goes on to discuss how the failure to adapt intelligence to these conditions would lead to disasters such as Vietnam and the ongoing War on Terror in countries like Iraq.

Research Question
The Analysis

From the Paper:

"The demand for a fusion of intelligence and operational conditions where counterinsurgency is concerned is underscored by a recent history of failure in both the areas of American intelligence and American military occupation. Particularly tracing back to the failed engagement of Vietnam during the Cold War, we can observe a clear demonstration of failure to connect these two elements to successfully obstruct a Vietnamese insurgency as well as a template for victory by the occupied population.
"Vietnam's history was as an unhappily occupied territory constantly bubbling with resistance to foreign colonization such as that imposed by the French. Thus, for the U.S, the groundwork to its failures in Vietnam would be laid in the years following World War II. Under the leadership of communist revolutionary and ardent Vietnamese nationalist Ho Chi Minh, the northern-based political party achieved recognition by the French government as a legitimate governing authority. Yet, even as Ho Chi Minh negotiated the terms of his nation's independence from the century of colonial rule, "French authorities on the scene were attempting to set up Cochinchina as an independent state separate from the rest of Viet Nam and under French protection" (Joes, 20) This site would become the seat of operations first for the French during the First Indochina War from 1946 to 1954, and then, as Saigon, for the Americans during the Second Indochina War from 1965 to 1975."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Correll, J.T. (2003) Strategies, Requirements and Forces. Air Force Association Special Report.
  • The Economist Newspaper. (2003). Japanese Spirit, Western Things. The Economist.
  • Federation of American Scientists (FAS). (2008). A Framework for Reform of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Federation of American Scientists. Online at
  • Joes, Anthony James. (2001). The War for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975. Praeger.
  • Richelson, J. (1999). The U.S. Intelligence Community. Westview Press.

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