CLEAR AND HOLDI'm wondering why something like this is public.
3-50. The clear and hold operation focuses the three primary counterinsurgency programs (CMO, combat operations, and IO), supported by intelligence and psychological operations on a specific geographical or administrative area or portions thereof. The tactics and techniques used to conduct clear and hold operations are discussed throughout this manual. The clear and hold operation is executed in a specific high priority area experiencing overt insurgency and has the following objectives:
- Creation of a secure physical and psychological environment.
- Establishing firm government control of the population and the area.
- Gaining willing support of the population and their participation in the governmental programs for countering insurgency.
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