16 November 2012

Insurgent Logistics.

Sometimes I'll run across something that has a bunch of open source links that are interesting.  This was one of them, in that if you substituted the names and countries, it could have been any of a number of insurgencies in modern history.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1114/1224326573695.html

In our reality, but on the other side of the world there now exists a network of small time logistics folks who supply the resistance.  They take money from international supporters, go across the border to by legal goods, and smuggle them back into a war zone to fight "the thugs."

I tried to base FC7 on the lessons of reality.  From the Ho Chi Min trail to the underground Jewish ammo factories in Israel.  Anyone who says logistics don't matter is whistling past the graveyard of history.

There are very smart people looking into the issue of logistics as they apply to an insurgency.  It is an interesting subject, asymmetric application of logistics.  Kinda like aikido...doing the very least you can to accomplish the desired effect.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm still trying to puzzle out wtf the IrishTimes writer was trying to describe as "exploding pins".

The rest just sounds like WTSHTF expediencies, with a zero after them. The two keys were a) wealthy merchants elsewhere supporting things with cash, and b) friendly foreign governments and easy access to suppliers over porous international borders. Lacking piles of cash, a place to spend it, and the ability to bring the stuff back make a larger insurgency a tough row to hoe.

I don't think the Irish Times' description of what Assad's men would do with captured FSA smugglers would have quite the same Bogart/Hemingway/Indiana Jones cachet to it.
More like the bad parts of Bravo Two Zero and Midnight Express.

Quite a bit to ponder on.

-Aesop

Don said...

@Aesop: The "exploding pins" are what we would call primers. You may have knowledge of improvised demolitions (as the SF calls it), and how even small pistol primers can be used to ignite larger explosive charges.

I think the Turkish government is covertly aiding the Syrian resistance. I also think it's for multiple reasons, not just because the Turkish PM wants to remain in power. Perhaps I'm wrong.

Also, remember that their is great enmity between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Saudi Arabia wouldn't spend too many tears if Assad's government was replaced by rebels beholden to Sunni backers.

Rick said...

The whole Benghazi affair centers around the CIA funneling captured Libyan arms into Turkey for use by the 'Rebels', or Al Queda, depending on who you ask. Iran Contra all over again. That is why the people involved in the operation are dead. On the larger realm, there is an EU and US arms embargo. Reality is far different.
Logistics is so important. Having the ability to produce whatever you need to fight with is very important in any long term fight.
Got Ammo???

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip, Don. I'll have to take your word on it. The word choice probably requires copious amounts of Guiness and Tyrconel to understand, which is as good an excuse as any I can think of for a sidetrip to the cellar.

Regards,
-Aesop

Anonymous said...

The Irish Times article is more evidence to question the IQs of al Quaeda members, including their "doctors".
Note to self: If I ever wind up transporting supplies for an insurgency, do not, NOT take some big-mouth reporter with me to take photos of my suppliers.

Anonymous said...

You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to.

The other way to take that is it's de facto proof the the Turks don't give a shit who sells stuff to the FSA.

Intel is always where you find it.