Conventional Operations & Tactics Asymmetric Warfare vs.
Giaps Three Stages of Struggle 1) Building the Base 2) Guerrilla Warfare 3) Mobile Warfare
Stage 1: Building the Base Situate headquarters in difficult terrain for meetings, supplies and refuge Situate headquarters in difficult terrain for meetings, supplies and refuge Win hearts and minds of peasantry Win hearts and minds of peasantry Beat/Assassinate landlords/tax collectors Beat/Assassinate landlords/tax collectors Redistribute land holdings Redistribute land holdings Education/literacy campaigns Education/literacy campaigns Help with farming Help with farming Gain Gain Taxes Taxes Supplies Supplies Intelligence Intelligence Porters Porters
Stage 2: Guerrilla Warfare Pin-prick attacks meant to frustrate the enemy and incite overblown reprisals Guerrilla Pin-Prick tactics Sabotage (road cutting, damage to vehicles, poison) Traps (IEDs, trip wires, traps) Terrorism (attacks on civilian targets, R&R sites) Camouflage (local vegetation, holes, tunnels) Human Shields Reprisals confirm propaganda and drive civilians to guerrilla group for support and guidance, increasing their popularity and strength
Stage 3: Mobile Warfare May receive financial, equipment, supply, intel, training and/or personnel from proxy states May receive financial, equipment, supply, intel, training and/or personnel from proxy states Allows for more conventional, regular forces Allows for more conventional, regular forces Guerrilla infrastructure allows for Guerrilla infrastructure allows for Speed, Surprise, Stealth Speed, Surprise, Stealth
Conventional Operations & Tactics Offensive Forms of Maneuver EnvelopmentEnvelopment Turning MovementTurning Movement InfiltrationInfiltration PenetrationPenetration Frontal AttackFrontal Attack