Unconventional Warfare (UWCTC)

Unconventional Warfare Combat Tracker Course (RESTRICTED)

The Unconventional Warfare Combat Tracker course combines six complementary skills into a unified and basic knowledge base.  This base of knowledge compliments UW efforts and clandestine operations and are based on specific facts and observations, linked to specific persons in specific places and conducted within a common operational picture, working directly and efficiently toward the desired mission and policy outcomes.  The desired intent is for an ODA to do all these things (detailed below) with a greatly reduced signature, or preferably, without being detected at all.

Briefly, the TTOS UWCT Courses have been broken down and shaped into focus, such as:  UWCTC 1.0 – Combat Tracker Basic and Advanced in a FID environment and scenario, UWCTC 1.1 – Team Signature Reduction/Escape and Evasion, UWCTC 1.2 – Targeting Operations, UWCTC 1.3 – Austere Personnel Recovery, UWCTC 1.4 – Counter Guerrilla Operations, UWCTC 1.5 – Force Protection and UWCTC 1.6 – Border/Counter Proliferation Operations.  With only 15 days to run a course that has generally been done in 4-6 weeks, it is imperative to get the course sharpened to a point, in context, to the unit’s mission or missions to come.

The purpose of UWCTC is the integration of observation, combat profiling, combat tracking, terrain profiling, target science, recce and surveillance into ODA level UW operations. These skills will aid in collecting, managing, and processing information in order to develop intelligence driven operations in locales where electronic ISR means are largely ineffective or non-existent.

Additionally, within the scope of UWCTC basic instruction, attendees will learn how to train “partner forces” in the basics of ground sign awareness and basic tracking.  Attendees will also be given TTP’s on the proper methods of integration of indigenous assets into the Combat Tracking mission.  History and the existing knowledge base has shown us that UW Combat Tracking is different, requiring a specific and targeted course of instruction in order to address the nuances and dangers within.  In a UW setting, context and TTP’s matter, a lot.  We are proud of our long standing relationship with The Regiment and our ability to directly collaborate to develop programs that fit the immediate and emerging needs, with their direct input.

Through this course, unit’s will be able to conduct operations based upon the gathering of objective facts and evidence, contrasted against any available HUMINT/SIGINT information, ISR feeds and solid deductive/inductive reasoning.  The end result and intention is the ability to conduct ODA level operations with a clear and objective view of the area of operation (permissive or non-permissive), covertly if need be.

  1. Observation – Awareness, being visually attuned and fully immersed into the operational environment – to become part of it. Visual stand-off interrogation of threats such as IED’s, “booby traps” and other explosive hazards.  Terrain profiling used in conjunction with immersion to predetermine likely avenues, locations of ambushes or unwanted contact with combatants or non-combatant indigenous persons.  Identifying sources of intelligence, applying ES2 concepts, battlefield acuity and conducting predictive analysis
  2. Combat Tracking – The ability to objectively and correctly identify and interpret signs and action indicators left behind by combatants (or anyone), conduct follow operations, recce and surveillance operations and pursue and interdict HVI’s through the TTOS P3I (pressure, pursuit, PID and interdiction) system
  3. Combat Profiling – Profiling people, the terrain, and other specific targets, in an effort to gain a clear operational picture and conduct predictive analyses through objective fact, direct information and deductive and inductive processes.
  4. Team Signature Reduction – The ability to conduct operations in any environment without being detected, or at a minimum, mitigating the ODA’s observable presence, signature and subsequent liability.
  5. Infiltration, Exfiltration and Escape and Evasion – The ability of an ODA to use all of the above skills to operate within any environment with a greatly reduced signature. The ability for an ODA to use anti and counter tracking techniques to remove or greatly mitigate any latent signature of their presence during infiltration, exfiltration or escape and evasion.
  6. Personnel Recovery (including CSAR) – The ability to locate personnel in rural, arid, desert, woodland, forested and jungle environments through the use of all of the previously listed and defined training outcomes. The personnel recovery operations can be used by an ODA to locate and conduct an assisted exfiltration of persons, virtually regardless of circumstance.

TTOS reserves the right to approve attendance on all RESTRICTED courses (North Star ARC, Escape and Evasion, UWCTC).

**Primitive weapons training is part of the standard program of instruction for all UW programs.