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Without the benefit of a conventional invasion force

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Unformatted text preview: onal invasion force, the resistance forces must limit overt exposure of their forces and supporting infrastructure in order to sustain operations over a protracted period. Forces must conduct operations in a manner that accounts for the enemy’s response and retaliation. 1-43. If retaliation occurs, the resistance can exploit the negative consequences to garner more sympathy and support from the population by emphasizing the sacrifices and hardship the resistance is enduring on behalf of “the people.” If retaliation is ineffective or does not occur, the resistance can use this as proof of its ability to wage effect combat against the enemy. In addition, the resistance can portray the inability or reluctance of the enemy to retaliate as a weakness, which will demoralize enemy forces and instill a belief in their eventual defeat. THE SEVEN PHASES OF UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE 1-44. The seven-phase UW framework is a conceptual construct that aids in planning (Figure 1-3). It depicts the normal phases of a UW operation. Personnel should not confuse the seven phases of UW with the phases of development through which friendly resistance forces progress. It is important for planners to 1-8 TC 18-01 30 November 2010 Overview recognize when factors, such as time, compress or change the normal progression of the seven phases. In addition, operational elements may only support a portion of the overall campaign and therefore may miss some of the seven phases. However, all operational elements should understand how their individual efforts fit into the overall campaign. Chapter 3 contains more information on the seven phases of UW. Figure 1-3. Phases of unconventional warfare ELEMENTS IN UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE 1-45. The operational requirements for conducting and supporting UW present some significant challenges when compared to other types of special and conventional operations. UW efforts are normally of long duration and primarily occur in denied areas. These conditions require partici...
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