The Battle Behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq
by Cheryl Benard, et al.
Publisher: Rand Publishing 2011
Number of pages: 128
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.
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