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Unformatted text preview: support requires an in-depth understanding of the resistance leadership and organization. This level of fidelity normally requires a degree of first-hand observation in order to develop an educated assessment. 1-25. Assessments are important sources of information on the psychological characteristics of leaders and groups. This analysis provides a degree of prediction about the future behavior of these potential partners. With prediction comes a degree of confidence in knowing how potential resistance leaders will conduct themselves in the UW effort. It also provides information on guerrilla leader expectations for their forces in terms of the method of fighting, treatment of civilians, and other key aspects that can have political and legal ramifications for the operation. This information aids the commander or other decision-makers in determining the appropriateness of any support to the movement. THE CRITICALITY OF THE FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT 1-26. Planning remains limited until leadership validates certain assumptions. If operations proceed without a proper feasibility assessment, the likelihood of unintended consequences is high. To gain an accurate picture, operational personnel need to meet with indigenous personnel who represent the resistance forces. This meeting can take place inside the denied territory, in the United States, or in a thirdparty nation. Although meeting representatives in the United States or a third-party nation is safer for an assessment team, it also provides a less reliable assessment of potential capabilities. Participation of all components is vital to enable an accurate assessment of potential resistance capabilities. No single ARSOF element can provide a complete picture of the movement necessary for this crucial step in the UW effort. 1-27. The feasibility assessment analyzes the achievability, acceptability, and suitability of a mission. This is an assessment based on mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, time available, and civil considerations (METT-TC) to determine if the necessary means and resources are available to meet mission requirements. It also addresses whether the potential gain or d...
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