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Civil Disturbance Operations: FM 3-19.15

Civil Disturbance Operations: FM 3-19.15 published on

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Field Manual (FM) 3-19.15 addresses continental United States (CONUS) and outside
continental United States (OCONUS) civil disturbance operations. Today, United States (US)
forces are deployed on peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and humanitarian assistance operations
worldwide. During these operations, US forces are often faced with unruly and violent crowds
intent on disrupting peace and the ability of US forces to maintain peace. Worldwide instability
coupled with increasing US military participation in peacekeeping and related operations
requires that US forces have access to the most current doctrine and tactics, techniques, and
procedures (TTP) necessary to quell riots and restore public order.
In addition to covering civil unrest doctrine for OCONUS operations, FM 3-19.15 addresses
domestic unrest and the military role in providing assistance to civil authorities requesting it for
civil disturbance operations. It provides the commander and his staff guidance for preparing and
planning for such operations. The principles of civil disturbance operations, planning and training
for such operations, and the TTP employed to control civil disturbances and neutralize special
threats are discussed in this manual. It also addresses special planning and preparation that are
needed to quell riots in confinement facilities are also discussed.
In the past, commanders were limited to the type of force they could apply to quell a riot. Riot
batons, riot control agents, or lethal force were often used. Today, there is a wide array of
nonlethal weapons (NLW) available to the commander that extends his use of force along the
force continuum. This manual addresses the use of nonlethal (NL) and lethal forces when quelling
a riot.

Publication Date:
Apr 29 2014
1499295979 / 9781499295979
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Reference / Handbooks & Manuals


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