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The ultimate challenge is synchronizing resistance

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Unformatted text preview: g resistance efforts while maintaining a degree of operational security for the invasion. 1-39. If the intent of the UW operation is to develop an area in order to facilitate the entry of an invasion force, the challenge is to ensure that the operations of the resistance complement (rather than inadvertently interfere with or even compromise) those of the invasion forces. If the timing is wrong or the conventional invasion forces fail to liberate the territory and linkup with resistance forces, it is likely that the resistance organization (guerrillas, underground, and auxiliary personnel) will suffer significant losses. 1-40. With a few exceptions, it is relatively simple for U.S. forces to compel an adversary to commit forces to an area away from a possible invasion site. The challenge in this scenario is determining which resistance actions trigger the desirable responses and when to begin those operations to appropriately affect the adversary’s decision cycle. If U.S. forces do not coordinate these operations with the invasion force or time the operations incorrectly, they can cause significant negative consequences. LIMITED WAR 1-41. In general, the United States uses limited-involvement operations to pressure an adversary. Examples of this type of UW effort by the United States include the following: The Baltic States (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia–1950s). Guatemala (1954). Albania (1949–1954). Tibet (1955–1965). Indonesia (1958). Cuba (1960s). North Vietnam (1961–1964). Afghanistan (1980s). Nicaragua (1980s). 1-42. During limited-involvement missions, the overall operation takes place in the absence of overt or eventual hostilities from the sponsor. Such operations take on a strategic and sensitive political aspect. Typically, the United States limits its direct involvement, which mitigates the risks of unintended consequences or premature escalation of the conflict. During limited-involvement operations, the manner in which forces operate significantly differs from that of large-scale involvement scenarios. Without the benefit of a conventi...
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