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Rethinking Asymmetric Threats

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank For several years U.S. policymakers, officials, and writers on defense have employed the terms “asymmetric” or “asymmetry” to characterize everything from the nature of the threats we face to the nature of war and beyond. The author challenges the utility of using those terms to characterize the threats we face, …

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Soldiers in Cities: Military Operations on Urban Terrain

Author: Dr Michael Desch In the past half-century, the classic military conflict of armies maneuvering in the field has been replaced by conflicts that center on, rather than avoid, heavily populated areas. Modern military conflict more frequently is not just a fight to control villages or cities, but a variation on the timeless wish to …

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Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020

Author: Ms Melissa Applegate Since the mid-1990s, the concept of strategic asymmetry has begun to receive serious attention from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, for instance, stated, “U.S. dominance in the conventional military arena may encourage adversaries to use…asymmetric means to attack our forces and interests overseas and Americans …

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Asymmetry and U.S. Military Strategy: Definition, Background, and Strategic Concepts

Author: Dr Douglas V Johnson II, Dr Steven Metz This report gives a simple and comprehensive definition of strategic asymmetry reflecting the need for military doctrine which transcends today’s specific issues. The authors assess the strategic situation of the United States in terms of positive and negative asymmetry and offer five strategic concepts as part …

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American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review

Author: Dr Steven Metz The combination of a congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a change of presidents, and shifts in the global security environment will force or allow American strategists to rethink some of the basic elements of U.S. strategy and decide if any changes need to be made. It is vital that the defense …

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