• Darren Lindeman

Informal Formations

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Military efficiency is is how a military can conduct its mission objectives with the most efficient use of resources within military and economic terms. Military economies so to speak therefore contributes to the wider perspectives of fiscal funding and its performances on a geopolitical level. The concept of military economies apply on multiple perspectives in war and war readiness. This be it on the most smallest level, a privates ammunition, to a company's logistics channels, to a brigades chart of organization and equipment and to the largest level the entire military budget. Western military structures now are highly technology focused and share similar executive and administrative standard operating procedures. The military forces of Europe; that of France, the United Kingdom and Germany are highly combat effective given their conventional requirements. However they are standing armies, professional soldiers and formations whom are expensive to train, maintain and support.

The changing nature of warfare also creates a situation where standing armies have to conduct missions in which they are not wholly suited for. The U.S occupation of Iraq costed hundreds of billions of dollars in military spending and as much as the second Gulf War was a success, it had an unsuccessful aftermath. On the other hand the French state's mission objectives in Mali was a successful example of military economies and doctrines in action. The French focused on highly mobile and tempo based battles while withdrawing social security concerns in the human terrain to its allies. A specified issue of military economies is if conventional formations are capable of counter insurgency roles. As the Syrian war front also shows how a Soviet indoctrinated military can perform well against insurgencies. With the view of insurgencies however, insurgents operate more like a syndicate or cell, be it a criminal, ideological or geo political based. ISIL is a ideological entity but its foot soldiers join partly by economic necessity to be locally mobile.

Depending on the circumstances, intelligence networking and human intelligence gathering is a large part of combating these entity's structure. The military has to fight this battle while being regulated with the rules of engagement, the organization bureaucracy and also the political and media oversight. As shown conventional structures like the Syrian Arab Army and the French forces in Mali, they can still perform exceptionally. Therefore the question of efficiency needs to be understood. Fundamentally its about flexibility, resilience, morale and commitment to partake on insurgency warfare. In this sense, the planning of operation Olive Branch for example is Turkey's up to date operation plan to address this efficiency or inefficiency after their earlier military operations on their border. To address this filtration issue, this is why military opt to use special operation forces. This is because they are essentially full professionals in warfare, utilizing efficiency and specialized tactics.

However special forces are expensive to train, rely on conventional military infrastructures, rarely fight as a conventional units. In Iraq however the Counter Terrorism Services therefore is a rarity in that they are equally a conventional structure then as not and they are also an intelligence bureau. This is about getting a group of men whom are skillful to partake as an organization to do and not just learn and be bureaucratized as a formation. In a business perspective they should be people whom are skillful not like a large enterprise but that of a small one. They should enjoy their work, be motivated and payed according to their real ability. Because it is a business with an objective cause to operate and fight, individualism is emphasized for efficiency. In this case then its not about the standard operating procedures in place to govern them that sets their function as a unit and organization, but that to individual initiative and spirit de corp to their organization.

With this in mind then comes the idea of an informal military. To achieve a unified informal military, it is important to understand beyond conventional organization principles and also into that of human resource potential, leadership and financing. An informal army could benefit from the lax standards of conventional recruitment and have an efficiency based standard exclusively. Because it is the specific operation requirements that set their formation's standard of demand for a particular skill, an informal formation would have the autonomy of recruiting personnel and allocating the right funds for their resource demands which reflect their true mission objectives. For example a major part of informal entities are the acquisition of vehicles, improvised fighting vehicles, communications equipment, food and medical supply etc.


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