(the following is a guest article, courtesy of MSG “Daniel Morgan,” USASF (retired). MSG Morgan spent a career in Special Forces as an 18E, Special Forces Communications NCO. He kinda knows what he’s talking about. As always, italicized parenthetical notes are mine.–J.M.)
Due to the inherent small size of the partisan element and the initial lack of firepower,
when operating in a UW environment, the partisan must master the techniques of stealthy
movement (“Stealth is survival!”). He must also maximize the utilization of available terrain features to provide (OAKOC) cover and concealment from the enemy. And finally, he will insure that his patrol’s intended actions or location is not compromised due to lax communication procedures.
Partisan communication requirements in UW cannot be approached in a one-size-fits-all
manner. The overriding question that must first be answered is, “what is the ability of an
opposing force to exploit my communication techniques?” This question can only be
properly answered with accurate and timely intelligence (filling in the blanks of METT-TC).
Once the question is answered, the partisan has several avenues he can take, keeping in
mind that the environment will constantly evolve, and his survival and that of his
organization is based on his ability to be aware of and adapt to those changes. This again
requires the proper use of accurate and timely intelligence. Are you beginning to notice a
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