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  Asymmetric Warfare
In response to these alarming declarations, skeptics have argued that military scenarios focusing on asymmetric threats tend to overstate the vulnerabilities of the United States, and that merely identifying theoretical windows of vulnerability does not necessarily mean that real-world adversaries could climb through them.
Thus, one way to minimize the future threat of asymmetric warfare would be for the United States to employ greater restraint towards intervention in regional conflicts.
Chemical warfare agents are supertoxic human-made chemicals such as mustard gas and sarin, while biological warfare agents include disease-causing germs, such as anthrax, and poisonous chemicals, such as botulinum toxin and ricin, made by living organisms.
forum.ra.utk.edu /1999summer/asymmetric.htm   (4094 words)

  Asymmetric Warfare and Its Domestic Effect
The threats posed by asymmetric warfare to the troops on the ground are well covered by the media.
However, the very fact that guerrilla tactics are increasingly referred to as "asymmetric warfare" hints at a difficulty faced by not only the commanders on the ground but by the government at home.
Asymmetric warfare is indubitably a tall order anyway, but until commanders know what to tell their troops, there will be a growing dissatisfaction amongst the ranks.
globalpolitician.com /articles.asp?ID=546&print=true   (821 words)

  Asymmetric Warfare: An Overview
Asymmetric warfare is a very old method, but has garnered great attention since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
However, asymmetric warfare is often contemplated and considered on the strategic level of war, making a clear definition much more ambiguous.
Ideally, the desired effect of the employment of asymmetric approaches should be felt on all levels of war, rippling from the tactical to the strategic.
radio.weblogs.com /0001134/stories/2003/01/11/asymmetricWarfareAnOverview.html   (2424 words)

 News | Gainesville.com | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, Fla.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asymmetric warfare is a term that describes a military situation in which two belligerents of unequal power or capacity of action, interact and take advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and their enemies.
Where asymmetric warfare is carried out (generally covertly) by allegedly non-governmental actors who are connected to or sympathetic to a particular nation's (the "state actor's") interest, it may be deemed war by proxy.
Asymmetric warfare is sometimes called terrorism by those wishing to deny the political aims of their weaker opponents and to exploit the pejorative connotations of the word.
www.gainesville.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Asymmetric_warfare   (2985 words)

 Terrorism and Asymmetrical Warfare International and Regional Implications
The title “asymmetric warfare” given to terrorism and guerilla warfare enables a scientific study of the phenomenon of terrorism, which has gripped the world since September 11, 2001.
Both terrorism and guerilla wars are asymmetric warfare, but terrorism is distinguished from guerilla warfare by deliberate attacks on innocent persons, and the separation of the victims from the ultimate goal.
Asymmetric warfare has been the methodology of last resort for liberation movements, when facing occupation and exploitation by fascist regimes.
www.defencejournal.com /2002/february/terrorism.htm   (4096 words)

 Asymmetric warfare - RecipeFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Template:History of war Template:Totallydisputed Asymmetric warfare is a term that describes a military situation in which two belligerents of unequal strength interact and take advantage of their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Template:Verify Usually in warfare at the start of the conflict, the belligerents deploy forces of a similar type and the outcome of the war can be determined by the quality and quantity of the opposing forces.
Terrorism is sometimes called asymmetric warfare by advocates for partisans using terrorist methods [1] to avoid the pejorative connotations of the word.
www.recipeland.com /facts/Asymmetric_warfare   (2863 words)

 September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks: Asymmetric warfare
The concept of asymmetric warfare fuses many previous and more specific ideas of guerrilla warfare, espionage, atrocity, violent resistance, sabotage, non-violent resistance, and terrorism.
Overview Asymmetric warfare is a broad and inclusive term coined to recognize that two sides in a conflict may have such drastically different strengths and weaknesses that they resort to drastically different (thus 'asymmetric') tactics to achieve relative advantage—including attacks on "civilians".
The rise of all forms of asymmetric warfare in the 20th century (including bombing civilian populations) challenged all ideas of what a "civilian" was or how or why they were to be kept immune to conflicts.
www.historyfocal.com /September_11_2001/Asymmetric_warfare.shtml   (727 words)

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The classic case of asymmetric warfare of this type, occurred in 1812-1813: Napoleon Bonaparte, with his Grande Armée, was about to invade Russia, occupy it, and...
But the advantages of asymmetric warfare apply not only to global but to regional powers, to any country or institution which, for good or ill, seeks to impose even limited hegemony through its military superiority.
In short, the primary aim of asymmetric warfare is to constrain the ability of the United States to intervene rapidly and at relatively low cost.
www.lycos.com /info/asymmetric-warfare.html   (773 words)

 Military History: Asymmetric warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Indeed, the rise of all forms of asymmetric warfare in the 20th century (including bombing civilian populations) challenged all ideas of what a "civilian" was or how or why they were to be kept immune to conflicts.
When asymmetric warfare is the only strategy employed by a given group, it is usually accused of terrorism, as asymmetric methods by definition do not reliably conquer or hold territory or means of production.
If, however, asymmetric warfare targetting offending civilians or taxpayers becomes the standard means of furthering such causes, there may simply be no way to avoid such retaliations for real or imagined harms.
www.historyfocal.com /Military_history/Asymmetric_warfare.shtml   (1156 words)

 Asymmetric Warfare Forum | Program
This presentation examines numerous definitions of Asymmetric Warfare and concludes that a key element in this form of warfare is the use of the enemy's own cultural prejudices and perceptions against them.
Asymmetric warfare defeats an enemy by attacking unexpected targets using unconventional means, so that the enemy's own reaction to the attack causes significantly more damage than the attack itself.
This model is not presented as ‘the' solution to asymmetric warfare, but as a basic framework for considering how an effective response, tailored for an individual situation, might be put together.
www.adelaide.edu.au /awforum/uae/topics   (2315 words)

 Asymmetric warfare - Education - Information - Educational Resources - Encyclopedia - Music
Asymmetric warfare is a military term to describe warfare in which the two belligerents are mismatched in their military capabilities or accustomed methods of engagement such that the militarily diasadvantaged power must press its special advantages or effectively exploit its enemy's particular weaknesses if they are to have any hope of prevailing.
The biblical story of David and Goliath -- in which David slew Goliath with "five smooth stones" hurled from a sling -- is often cited as the inspiration for the triumph of the weak and the oppressed over the strong and the mighty.
Similarly, laws of warfare prohibit combatants using civilian settlements, populations or facilities as military bases, but when an inferior power uses this tactic, it depends on the superior power respecting the law that they are violating, and not attacking that civilian target.
www.music.us /education/A/Asymmetric-warfare.htm   (1900 words)

 The Asymmetric Threat
They are desirable targets in both conventional and asymmetric warfare, but their vulnerability makes them especially attractive to nations and organizations that do not have the power to wage conventional warfare.
These are prime examples of the unpredictable and frustrating nature of asymmetric warfare and the problems that can occur if logistics units do not enforce proper security measures.
Reducing vulnerability to asymmetric threats is vital for the Army's survival and continued dominance in future operations.
www.almc.army.mil /ALOG/issues/JulAug01/MS628.htm   (1348 words)

 Asymmetric Warfare - dKosopedia
Asymmetric warfare happens when it's obvious who the winner of a symmetric war would be - maybe a symmetric war has already been fought and decisively won - but some core group on the losing side is not willing to give up and get on with life.
If the asymmetric warriors were civilized and honorable, they would wear uniforms and face their opponents' soldiers on a battlefield - and get slaughtered like vermin.
Asymmetric warfare works in a very specific situation: The winner of the symmetric war wants to govern the region (or hand it off to a local client government) at a finite cost.
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Asymmetric_Warfare   (2356 words)

 Obsidian Wings: Asymmetric Warfare
The rules of warfare don't address that because they are intended to cover the people who are engaging in warfare against each other--people who are in disagreement about the just resolution to the underlying cause or causes of the war.
Warfare with non-state guerrillas is bad enough, but thought not to be as dangerous because they don't have regular access to the weapons that only states can produce.
Asymmetrical warfare is a rational response to the inability of a state/group to compete on a conventional battlefield.
obsidianwings.blogs.com /obsidian_wings/2006/07/assymetric_warf.html   (11000 words)

 Asymmetric warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asymmetric methods by definition do not reliably conquer or hold territory or means of production.
Note that this criticism applies even to the side that is using conventional military tactics[?], if the asymmetric methods are preventing it from retaining or using territory it captures.
By this definition, both the United States in the Viet Nam War and Israel in the West Bank may reasonably have been considered to have engaged in "terrorism" - to the degree their violence was for symbolic purposes.
www.websign.sk /as/Asymmetric_warfare.html   (425 words)

 Crooked Timber » » "Asymmetric warfare" and ethics
Asymmetric warfare’ is the term employed by the US military for fighting people who don’t line up properly to be shot at: on the one side you have battalions of American infantry, marines, tanks and aircraft; and on the other you have terrorists, or guerrillas, or militants, or insurgents.
Asymmetric warfare involves the commission of acts that can’t be responded to in kind.
As an addendum, it follows from the distinction between asymmetric and irregular warfare that the U.S. is engaging in regular but asymmetric warfare against the jihadists in Iraq, since they cannot respond in kind to many of the tactics we use (such as high altitude bombing).
www.crookedtimber.org /2006/07/10/asymmetric-warfare-and-ethics   (14841 words)

 Talk:Asymmetric Warfare - dKosopedia
This is a good article but if you want to lock pages, name them something less generic like XY's view of asymmetric warfare.
A general article on asymmetric warfare is required.
This is a formal request to move this to a name more appropriate for another article, and to take "the concepts presented here" and put them at asymmetric warfare instead.
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Talk:Asymmetric_Warfare   (126 words)

 "Asymmetric Warfare", The USS Cole, and  the Intifada, The Estimate, November 3, 2000
Depending on one’s definition, asymmetric warfare includes conventional terrorism, classic guerrilla war and the use of weapons of mass destruction, but also such innovative approaches as cyber-attacks and information warfare.
The theorists of asymmetric warfare talk mainly about the United States, which is after all the last superpower.
The prophets of asymmetric warfare (and especially the Jeremiahs) may be well-advised to watch carefully what may become a prime laboratory for studying their subject.
www.theestimate.com /public/110300.html   (2377 words)

 Unspeak » Asymmetric warfare
‘Asymmetric warfare’ is the term employed by the US military for fighting people who don’t line up properly to be shot at: on the one side you have battalions of American infantry, marines, tanks and aircraft; and on the other you have terrorists, or guerrillas, or militants, or insurgents.
Still, as long as “warfare” is generally understood to mean killing other people, you might consider that killing yourself and no one else is the opposite of warfare rather than a continuation of it.
There is also a theatrical connotation contained in the term “act” of asymmetric warfare, which was also evident in the official US Army report that in 2003 there were “350 acts of self-harm” among the prison population at Guantánamo, including 120 “hanging gestures”.
unspeak.net /asymmetric-warfare   (1393 words)

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The doctrine of asymmetric warfare views suicide bombing as an imbalance of power, in which groups with little significant power resort to suicide bombing as a response to actions or policies of a group with greater power.
Groups which have significant power have no need to resort to suicide bombing to achieve their aims; consequently, suicide bombing is overwhelmingly used by guerrilla, and other irregular fighting forces.
Rather, terrorism is sometimes used as a tactic by the weaker side in an asymmetric conflict.
www.lycos.com /info/asymmetric-warfare--miscellaneous.html   (637 words)

 Asymmetric Warfare Group: Closing the Capability Gaps, The Army - Find Articles
The Asymmetric Warfare Group has been created to focus on this challenge and bring to bear a holistic application of intelligence, training and technology to defeat both current and future asymmetric threats.
Using asymmetric tactics, adversaries attempt to exploit their ability to hide in plain sight and attack U.S. forces in ways that are unconventional, unexpected and that turn the U.S. Army's own operating techniques against itself.
Contributing to the significant effects of these asymmetric attacks are the enemy's demonstration of continuous innovation and adaptability.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3723/is_200503/ai_n11852062   (833 words)

 Do Media Victories Mean Anything?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asymmetric warfare is a hot new topic, portraying the fearsome prospect of high tech American troops brought low by less well equipped, but better thought out, foes.
Asymmetric warfare includes having the media in your corner, for that can easily turn a military defeat into a media victory.
But asymmetric warfare is all about taking advantage of the status quo, and hoping the other guys doesn't wise up before you beat him to death.
www.strategypage.com /dls/articles/20030909.asp   (674 words)

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