The Battle behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq

The Battle behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq

The Battle behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq

The Battle behind the Wire: U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Operations from World War II to Iraq

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In major conflicts dating to World War II and continuing through recent operations in Iraq, U.S. forces have taken a large number of prisoners or detainees. Although prisoner of war (POW) 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 publication presents a historical analysis of POW operations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as detailed analyses of detainee operations during the recent conflict in Iraq. It should be of interest to military planners, strategists, and policymakers concerned with ongoing and future prisoner and detainee operations.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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