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Asymmetric Warfare
AIR POWER AND ASYMMETRIC CHALLENGES TO INDIA  

Southern Asia is beset with political mistrust among some of its players that is preventing unified and uniform progress of the region. Narrow sectarian interests of certain dominant classes and rise of religious fundamentalism have perpetuated poverty and economic backwardness along many tracts in the countries of the region. These in turn have led to certain outfits taking up arms against the state to right perceived wrongs. State-sponsored terrorism by Pakistan has compounded the ...Read more >

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A VIRTUOUS WARRIOR IN A SAVAGE WORLD  

Divining the nature of future war is always problematic.1 President Eisenhower warned that “Every war is going to astonish you in the way it has occurred and in the way it is carried out.”2 The United States must, of course, be prepared to meet a wide range of contingencies. Paramount among them would be a threat posed by a peer competitor,that is, a state capable of battling the United States with comparable forces employing largely orthodox tactics. Although it is almost certain that one will ...Read more >

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TERRORISM AND ASYMMETRIC CONFLICT IN SOUTHWEST ASIA  

The starting point for discussion was the observation that, despite significant U.S.military and economic investment in Southwest Asia since WWII, the region has not followed the path of Europe and East Asia in terms of either economic advancement or the development of stable, democratic structures. From a U.S. strategic perspective, Southwest Asian countries have not become valuable economic or political partners to the United States.Instead, the region has been the venue for crisis after ...Read more >

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RESPONDING TO ASYMMETRIC THREATS  

This chapter characterizes asymmetric threats and outlines steps the U.S. military needs to take to counter them. It starts with a general introduction to asymmetric threats, explaining why and how they would be wielded. It also addresses the importance of adversary surprise and anonymity, as well as the nature of challenge and response cycles. It then focuses on threats based on chemical and biological weapons, which are a significant element of the current threats to the United States ...Read more >

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DEFINING ASYMMETRIC WARFARE  

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States homeland1 captured the attention of the world and ushered in a new phase of warfare. Not that terrorism was new it has been around since the dawn of time—but just as World War I and World War II elevated warfare itself to a worldwide level, 9/11 brought a global dimension to terrorism. The difference today is that the enemy takes on many faces and methods: terrorism, insurgency,war of information and ideas, war of disruptive threats, ...Read more >

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ASYMMETRICAL THREAT CONCEPT AND ITS REFLECTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY  

Asymmetric threats are not new, nor are strategists’ attention to them. In every era, from the pre-modern to the present day, weak forces utilize surprise, technology, innovative tactics, or what some might consider violations of military etiquette to challenge the strong. The 1991 Iraq War and subsequent al-Qaeda terrorism shattered notions that the collapse of the Soviet Union would usher in an age of peace or an end to history. In order to ensure cohesion in both appropriations and strategy, ...Read more >

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WHAT ARE ASYMMETRIC STRATEGIES  

Asymmetric challenges can be applied across the phases of major theater wars or smaller-scale contingencies. Several prospective U.S. adversaries carry out significant peacetime information campaigns today (for example, Saddam Hussein’s efforts to deny the United States partners and access in the Persian Gulf by arguing that the U.S.-led UN sanctions against Iraq are killing thousands of innocent Arabs). Military preparations by prospective adversaries suggest that they are positioning ...Read more >

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OPERATING BEYOND THE BOX : WINNING IN THE ASYMMETRIC ATTLESPACE (UNCLASSIFIED)  

Todays American way of war, born out of the mostly bi-polar Cold War environment, demonstrates a mindset derived from US cultural, ntellectual and political history that has shaped it to the conclusion that there is one ideal way of making war and making peace. This paradigm has een supplanted by an asymmetric threat paradigm characterized by radically unconventional, non-linear and unconstrained strategies perpetrated by dversaries of mostly non-governmental and non-state actors designed to ...Read more >

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WHEN DAVID BECAME GOLIATH  

For the first time since its establishment as a nation and following four successive victories against various Arab conventional armies between 1948 and 1973, Israel was forced to withdraw militarily from south Lebanon in May 2000. This thesis investigates the defeat of the Israeli Defense Force by a guerilla army, Hezbollah. Rarely are the causes of defeat on the modern battlefield simply a case of military failure. Specifically this study will focus on the combination of factors that in ...Read more >

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DEFEATING THE MODERN ASYMMETRIC THREAT  

On February 24th, 2002 the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka entered into a Peace Agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ending a horrific 19 year-old low-intensity conflict. Over the course of nearly two decades, the LTTE came to exemplify the modern asymmetric threat as they battled the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) and for a period an Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). The anthropology in Chapter II, history in Chapter III and explanation of the Tigers in Chapter IV describes ...Read more >

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ASYMMETRIC INFORMATION WAR AT CNA  

On June 20, 2005, the Center for Naval Analyses presented a Senior Seminar to discuss How we are losing and could be winning the wars of ideas, propaganda, information and spinning the news to our adversaries. The primary speaker led the audience in exploring many aspects of the challenging problems for the military, the government and even the traditional media face when dealing with the exploits of new information do-ers. Using cheap cameras and readily available cell phone and internet ...Read more >

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SMALL NUCLEAR FORCES : FIVE PERSPECTIVES  

The purpose of this Whitehall Report is to analyse the nuclear doctrines of the five smaller nuclear-weapon states and possible implications for future efforts to promote nuclear restraint and stability. In order to achieve these objectives, RUSI commissioned papers from several distinguished analysts,each with considerable knowledge and experience in relation to their own country. Each of the authors was asked to examine the key factors driving the size and shape of a particular national ...Read more >

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LESSONS FOR ASYMMETRIC CONFLICTS*  

In Jult 1755, Maj Gen Edward Branddock, cdr in Chief of all British forces in North America and a 45 year career soldier, was killed along with 900 of his men by a smaller French and Indian ...Read more >

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ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE, TRANSFORMATION AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE CAPABILITY  

At the end of the Cold War, several prominent scholars proclaimed we were at the end of history. Instead, we are witnessing the emergence of new types of ideological extremism, which hope to enforce their vision of the world, whether in religious or political terms. The consequence for American defense is to adapt from the previous ideological challenge of Soviet totalitarianism to new, lesspredictable enemies that may or may not fight on conventional battlefields and hide in the ...Read more >

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THE C4I REVOLUTION  

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