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with restoration of law and order are enumerated for further
analysis in deciding upon the commander's own lines of
action. For comparison, these capabilities should be listed
in order of their probable adoption. Factors which may effect
these capabilities may include the degree of determination
of the lawless elements, experience of troops, relative combat
power, reinforcements, disposition of troops, status of supply
and evacuation, time and space, terrain, weather. The final
step in this paragraph is to note all practicable lines of action
open to the commander which, if successful, will accomplish
his mission. For comparison, these should be listed in order
of their probable adoption. (If there is only one such line
of action, he should proceed directly to the decision.)
(3) Paragraph 3 (Analysis of Opposing Lines of Action).
In this paragraph the commander considers separately each
of his "own lines of action" left open in paragraph 31b(2),
against each opposition capability which might interfere with
the accomplishment of his mission. The commander considers
results to be expected in each case, and determines likely
advantages and disadvantages of each of his lines of action,
on the basis of ability of the opposition to resist the troops
by any of a number of methods. Resistance should not ordi-
narily be expected in the normal military sense, but may be
encountered in the form of plant seizures, arson, disruption
of transportation and communication systems, sniping, sabo-
tage, looting, passive resistance, or scattered and sporadic
attacks on opposing individuals or groups. The commander
should not, however, overlook the possibility of the oppo-
sition organizing a determined and effective resistance by
force of arms.
(4) Paragraph 4 (Comparison of Own Lines of Action).
Advantages and disadvantages noted on the basis of the
analysis made in paragraphs 31b(2) and 31b(3) for each
"own line of action" should be summarized, and the various
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