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Title The battle behind the wire : U.S. prisoner and detainee operations from World War II to Iraq / Cheryl Benard [and others]
Published Santa Monica, CA. : RAND, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 102 pages) : color illustrations, color map
Series Rand Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Contents The recurring importance of prisoner and detainee operations -- U.S. programs for German prisoners in World War II -- Korean war prisoner programs -- Prisoner and detainee operations in Vietnam -- Detainee operations in Iraq -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix: The legal source of MNF-I's authority to intern for security
Summary Although prisoner of war and detainee operations ultimately tend to become quite extensive, military planners and policymakers have repeatedly treated such operations as an afterthought. In reality, such operations can be a central part of the successful prosecution of a conflict. Determining how to gain knowledge from, hold, question, influence, and release captured adversaries can be an important component of military strategy and doctrine, both during the conflict and in reconstruction afterward. This monograph finds parallels in U.S. prisoner and detainee operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq: underestimation of the number to be held, hasty scrambling for resources to meet operational needs, and inadequate doctrine and policy. During the later phases of military operations, an attempt is often made to educate prisoners and detainees and influence their social and political values. The results of a survey by RAND researchers of Iraq detainees contravene many assumptions that had been guiding decisions related to detainee operations. The survey found that local and personal motives, along with nationalism, were more prevalent than religious ones and that detainees were often economic opportunists rather than illiterates seeking economic subsistence through the insurgency. Recommendations include that detailed doctrine should be in place prior to detention and that detainees should be surveyed when first detained
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-102)
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Subject Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Prisoners and prisons, American.
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Prisoners and prisons.
Military prisons -- United States.
Prisoners of war -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, American
Form Electronic book
Author Benard, Cheryl, 1953-
Goulka, Jeremiah E.
Loredo, Elvira N.
O'Connell, Edward.
Sullivan, Thomas.
Thurston, Cathryn Quantic.
Villamizar, Andrés.
United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
International Security and Defense Policy Center.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
Rand Corporation.
LC no. 2010942311
ISBN 0833051229 (electronic bk.)
0833051946 (electronic bk.)
9780833051226 (electronic bk.)
9780833051943 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles United States prisoner and detainee operations from World War II to Iraq
United States prisoner and detainee operations from World War two to Iraq