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Counterinsurgency, Consequences for Swedish and Austrian Infantry Companies’ Organization
Swedish National Defence College.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 12 credits / 18 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores organizational features, which facilitate counterinsurgency operations on a company level. The framework used is the infantry company. Two factors were found through literature studies to be extra important for conducting successful counterinsurgency operations: intelligence and presence. Regarding intelligence, the results show beneficial effects from organizing a company level intelligence cell. The recommended size is three individuals. The next factor, presence, originates from the concept of maintaining a persistent presence as opposed to conducting raids in the assigned area of operations. Here, a force structure of four subordinates at both company and platoon level was found to be effective.

Further, a Swedish and an Austrian European Union Battlegroup company was studied and compared to each other from the previously found aspects. Next, the two companies receive suggestions for how to reorganize themselves with the already existing personnel and equipment available.

In the final part, the thesis discusses the structural rigidity of military organizations evident in the lack of organizational adaption to counterinsurgency even though such operations have been conducted in the past, present and most certainly will be a part of the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
counterinsurgency, company, organization, structure, Austria, Sweden, company intelligence, decentralization, COIN
National Category
Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6317OAI: diva2:1032885
External cooperation
LtCol Dr Harald Gell, Theresan Military Academy, Wr Neustadt, Austria
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)


Received award for best thesis.

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