New PDF release: Building the Tatmadaw: Myanmar Armed Forces Since 1948

By Maung Aung Myoe

ISBN-10: 9812308482

ISBN-13: 9789812308481

Ever when you consider that Myanmar regained her independence in January 1948, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar militia) has been the most important in restoring and holding legislations and order. it really is the most vital associations in Myanmar politics. a number of points of the Tatmadaw were studied. the main awesome zone of research has been the political position of the army. This examine seems on the organizational improvement of the Myanmar militia. It analyses 4 diversified elements of the Tatmadaw: army doctrine and process, association and strength constitution, armament and strength modernization, and army education and officer schooling. It units out defense perceptions and rules, charting advancements in each one section opposed to the location on the time, and likewise notes the contributions of the prime actors within the strategy. considering early Nineteen Nineties, the Tatmadaw has applied a strength modernization programme. This paintings reviews rationales and technique at the back of the strength modernization programme and examines the army features of the Tatmadaw. Drawing generally from archival assets and current literature, this empirically grounded study argues that, whereas the inner armed safety possibility to the country maintains to play an incredible position, it's the exterior protection hazard that offers extra weight to the growth and modernization of the Tatmadaw seeing that 1988. It additionally argues that, regardless of its imperfections, the Tatmadaw has remodeled from a strength basically for counter-insurgency operations right into a strength in a position to scuffling with in constrained traditional war.

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The report said: It is difficult to distinguish insurgents from villagers. If we cannot distinguish insurgents from villagers, we will suffer. We will always face the insurgents having the upper hand in operations. It is necessary to step up organisational activities in villages. 18 In the process of formulating a new military doctrine in 1964, the General Staff Office’s report spelt out the three potential enemies and laid out recommendations on strategy. The potential opponents were: internal insurgents, historical enemies with roughly an equal strength, and enemies with greater strength.

5 The annual Tatmadaw conference, known as the Commanding Officers’ (COs’) conference, was the place to discuss military doctrine and strategy. Beginning in 1956, discussion on military doctrine and strategy became an important part of the annual Tatmadaw conference. At the 1957 Tatmadaw conference, General Ne Win stressed the importance of military education, along with moral and psychological warfare courses. He announced that the Tatmadaw would open a National Defence College in the near future to catch up with advances in military science.

Indd 39 12/29/08 8:49:25 AM 40 Building the Tatmadaw While learning the RMA and its impact, the Tatmadaw is taking necessary measures for the “people’s war”. It appears that the Tatmadaw is interested in guerrilla warfare and tunnel warfare, which are indeed closely intertwined. Some Myanmar military analysts argued that tunnel warfare is to deal with fluid warfare and to cope with fluid battlefield characteristics. Though the tunnels are vulnerable to modern bombs and missiles, such as GBU-28 “Bunker Buster” or BLU-82 “Daisy Cutter”, they are considered effective in a war against an adversary of roughly equal power using conventional weapon.

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