US anti insurgency Brigade in India
In a new strategy to counter rising urban guerilla attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, US is now raising highly mobile strike brigades and elements for which training is being given in the prestigious Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram.
And in a sharp departure from past, officers and soldiers of the 2nd battalion of the First US army infantry regiment are currently employing "buddy system" for joint patrols with the Indian Army in the ongoing joint exercise 'Yudh Abhyas'.
US officers have hinted that this may be forerunner to similar tactics being employed in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with forces from other countries.
According to Lt Col Carve the Commanding officer of the Alaska based battalion the third brigade is being trained to be highly mobile, digital and network centric for rapid anti terorist strikes .
Indian army has also shifted emphasis from the highly armour and mechanised based strike corp to having highly mobile strike brigades, whose movement is less susceptible to being tracked from satellites and high flying aircraft drones.
Besides the rapid offensive role, the Strike Brigades are aimed at forming strike combat teams against urban and jungle based terrorists and its armaments include highly sophisticated counter-terrorist weapons include close range combat arms.