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Counter Guerrilla Operations

 

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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 warfare. 1.

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.
www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/esjDCPy39EiJleqPRR82KA.aspx

 

 

 



Endnotes

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.
www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/B3leMaWRSkOnvMDbjd00Cw.aspx

 

 


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