Holistic Approach to Addressing Instability and Insecurity

Holistic Approach to Addressing Instability and Insecurity by Paul Amoroso in Counter-IED Report Winter 2021/22

Paul Amoroso’s paper, in the latest edition of the Counter-IED Report, will be of interest to our members and indeed to a wider audience. The link to Paul’s paper is HERE.

While many will acknowledge the rationale in approaching security challenges with an appropriately resourced strategy, implemented through operational plans, and executed via tactical methods, the requirement and challenge of synchronizing these effectively can be extremely difficult. These difficulties not only manifest themselves in the delivery of practical measures to provide security, but can also prove challenging for those involved in their development, implementation and sustainment in conceptually aligning these three elements in terms of understanding how they fit together. Through the example of an organisation attempting to effectively operate within an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat environment, the conceptual framework of the tree of instability and insecurity is outlined in Paul’s paper as a means to illustrate both the reality of these challenges and how, ideally, they may be aligned. This alignment of strategic vision, operational plans and tactical methods and actions, may be considered as a holistic approach.

Captain Paul Amorosa (Retd), a member of the Executive Committee of ARCO, is an explosive hazards specialist and has extensive experience as an IED Threat Mitigation Policy Advisor working in East Africa. He served in the Irish Defence Forces as an IED Disposal and CBRNe officer up to MNT level, and has extensive tactical, operational, and strategic experience in Peacekeeping Operations in Africa and the Middle East. He has experience in the development of doctrine and policy and was one of the key contributors to the United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Disposal Standards and the United Nations Explosive Ordnance Disposal Military Unit Manual. This article reflects his own views and not necessarily those of any organisation he has worked for or with in developing these ideas.