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Unformatted text preview: s that can profoundly affect the human terrain through shaping
operations that influence behavior in support of U.S. objectives. They can also influence resistance
movement characteristics, making them more appropriate to the mission. For example, U.S. UW forces
could emphasize guerrilla adherence to international norms and standards of behavior.
1-12. Planners further break down feasibility and appropriateness into the seven dynamics of an
insurgency. Chapter 2 discusses these dynamics in detail. PHYSICAL AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
1-13. There are specific physical and environmental conditions that allow for a successful resistance or
insurgency. The three main conditions are a weakened or unconsolidated government or occupying power,
a segmented population, and favorable terrain from which an element can organize and wage subversion
and armed resistance. WEAKENED OR UNCONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OR OCCUPYING POWER
1-14. Conditions must sufficiently divide or weaken the organizational mechanisms that the ruling regime
uses to maintain control over the civilian population for the resistance to successfully organize the
minimum core of clandestine activities. It is extremely difficult to organize successful resistance under a
fully consolidated government or occupying power with a strong internal security apparatus. Despite the
general dissatisfaction of the society, the resistance has little chance of developing the supporting
infrastructure it needs to succeed. Planners need to recognize the significant differences in the ability of
different elements to exert control over a population. A recent foreign occupier does not have the same
ability as an indigenous long-standing dictatorial regime that has had years to consolidate power. 30 November 2010 TC 18-01 1-3 Chapter 1 WILL OF THE POPULATION
1-15. The population must possess not only the desire to resist but also the will to bear the significant
hardships associated with repressive countermeasures by the government or occupying power. Populations
that the regime subjugates or indoc...
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