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Asymmetric Warfare. Asymmetric warfare is “leveraging inferior tactical or operational strength against the vulnerabilities of a superior opponent to achieve disproportionate effect with the aim of undermining the opponent’s will in order to achieve the asymmetric actor’s strategic objectives .” . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Asymmetric Warfare

Asymmetric Warfare

Asymmetric warfare is leveraging inferior tactical or operational strength against the vulnerabilities of a superior opponent to achieve disproportionate effect with the aim of undermining the opponents will in order to achieve the asymmetric actors strategic objectives. Conventional deterrent theory

military superiority of a relatively stronger power, coupled with a credible retaliatory threat, will prevent attack by challengersVariables

the politico-military strategy

the possession of offensive weapon systems

great power defensive support

changing domestic power structure

time pressure

Politico-military strategy in asymmetric war initiation

1. attrition/maneuver2. blitzkrieg (lightning strike)3. limited aims/fait accompliOffensive weapons, limited capability and asymmetric war initiation

Alliance support and war calculations

Domestic structure and asymmetric war initiation

Time pressure

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