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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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