Creating a counter insurgency plan: Elements required based upon a comparative analysis of research findings

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Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Security Science




This article was originally published as: Bailey, W. J. (2012). Creating a counter insurgency program: Elements required based upon a comparative analysis of research findings. Proceedings of Australian Security and Intelligence Conference. (pp. 7-13). Western Australia. Novotel Langley Hotel, Perth, Western Australia. Edith Cowan University.


The development of a counter-insurgency doctrine is an evolutionary process: no two insurgencies are the same. However, certain fundamental principals remain consistent and these can be applied to meet the required circumstances. The creation of an overarching plan encompassing a combination of military, political and social actions under the strong control of a single authority is central. Therefore, understanding the basics allows for the development of a tactical strategy based upon a structured plan. Compiling the ‘Plan’ should be based upon the lessons learnt from the past. To this end, the methodology used is supported by a literature review and interviews from participants in a limited assessment of the two historical conflicts: Malaya and Kenya. Based upon the findings, a condensed table is presented to aid analysis, using a French doctrinal approach as a tool for interpretation. In addition, this is supported by quotes from the respondents involved in the research process. These findings are the preliminary results of a research study looking at what was effective during the prosecution of the selected insurgencies. Outcomes indicate that the fundamental principals are pertinent today and are therefore generally applicable.

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