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Unformatted text preview: esired effect outweighs or otherwise justifies the potential losses or cost. Lastly, the assessment determines if achieving the desired objectives would accomplish the desired effects. 1-28. The normal areas of concern that make up a feasibility assessment are as follows: Are there groups that could develop into a viable force with assistance? Is the United States in contact with or can it make contact with individuals representing the resistance potential in an area? Are there any capable leaders, whose goals are compatible with U.S. goals who are willing to cooperate with the United States? Can the United States influence the leaders to remain compliant with U.S. goals? Are the groups’ tactics and battlefield conduct acceptable by the standards established in Field Manual (FM) 27-10, The Law of Land Warfare, and to the U.S. population? Will the environment geographically and demographically support resistance operations? Is the enemy effectively in control of the population? Is the potential gain worth the potential risk? Is this group’s participation politically acceptable to other regional partners? 1-29. All U.S. UW elements are able to assist the commander in answering these questions. They assist with individual perspectives for developing a particular resistance capability, as well as for an overall feasibility assessment. 1-30. Expatriates are a valuable resource, particularly in regions where the culture is largely unfamiliar or alien to a planner’s frame of reference. However, planners should carefully ensure the individual’s claims are valid. An expatriate’s influence in a given country can be inversely proportional to the length of time he has been away from his former homeland. Although there are many reasons an expatriate might 1-6 TC 18-01 30 November 2010 Overview exaggerate his influence in a region and attempt to exploit the situation in his favor, he may be legitimately surprised to find his own assessment of his influence to be grossly inaccurate. During normal peacetime conditions, a person ca...
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