SF Missions > Counter Guerrilla
President John F. Kennedy took a huge interest in special
warfare and counterinsurgency. He was one of the few Presidents
that actually understood the prominent place this type of
warfare would take in the wars of the future. With that mindset,
he set the stage for the establishment of military units with
the capability to conduct insurgent and counter-insurgent
U.S. Army Special Forces was designated as the primary
counter guerrilla organization.
References and Publications about Counter Guerrilla Warfare
White House, General Lansdale's Story of the Counter
Guerilla Case, National Security Action Memorandum Number
9, February 6, 1961. President expressed a desire to have Gen
Lansdales case study told to a wide audience. NSAM No 9 posted
on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website.
1. Bundy, McGeorge, Development of Counter-guerrilla
Forces, National Security Action Memorandum No. 2, February
3, 1961. This NSAM to the Secretary of Defense directed that DoD
tak action to examine the means for placing more emphasis on the
development of counter-guerrilla forces. NSAM No 2 posted on the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website.