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CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION Conventionalwarfare has dominated the interest, study, and attention given to American military history. From the War of 1812 to the 2001 operations against Afghanistan, conventional wars have captured American public attention and make up the majority of the American military experiencecurriculumat secondary and post-secondary educationalinstitutions across the country. However, the predominant type of military conflict in which the United States,quantitatively,has beeninvolvedin its brief history is low intensityconflict(LIC). This type of warfareincludesa variety ofoperational titles such as peacekeeping, support of insurgency, internal defense and support, peace enforcement, counterinsurgency, and humanitarian