The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Mao Theory and Urban Insurgency

Mao’s three phase protracted revolutionary war theory can be used to analyze an urban insurgency’s strategy.  Even if the insurgent is not following a Maoist strategy, Mao is a useful analytical tool. 


View Mao’s three phases as three simultanious lines of operation.  Over the course of three temporal phases, different lines of operation become the priority, though the other lines continue to operate.

The LOOs are flexible.  The insurgent advances to the next phase when the previous is successful.  Should there be failure or lack of progress in a particular phase then the insurgent falls back to previous phase and begins again.

This is a deliberate process that can take years or even decades to achieve success.


October 6, 2008 - Posted by | Urban Warfare | , , , , , , , ,

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