Non-state Threats and Future Wars

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The intent behind this book was to bring together a team of defence and national security scholars and real-world military and law enforcement operators to focus on the topic of "Non-State Threats and Future Wars". The book is divided into four main sections: The first concerns theory. The second section concerns non-state threats and case studies, providing an overview of non-state threats ranging from organized crime networks to cartels, gangs and warlords. The third section is based on counter-OPFOR (opposing force) strategies which detail advanced concepts, urban battlespace environmental perceptions, weaponry, intelligence preparation, networked force structure and C41. The fourth and final section contains an archival document from the late 1987 period concerning early Fourth Epoch War theory, and never before published interviews with Chechen commanders and officers who participated in combat operations against Russian forces in the 1994-96 war.

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'This book presents a blueprint for the military and law enforcement agencies of the US to innovate and prepare for the battles of World War IV. It is a comprehensive and intensely composed book on the subject of asymmetrical warfare as fought by non-state warriors.'

David Bradford, Special Warfare

'The authors recognize the new enemies of our nation, encourage innovative thinking in our institutions, demand that bureaucratic demarcations be overcome, and, above all, call for the creation (and growth) of smarter institutions ... this book should be required reading by those who serve in special warfare.'

David Bradford, Special Warfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714653747
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: New Context, Smart Enemies
Foreword: Netwar Observations
Introduction and Strategic Overview: Epochal Change
The Transformation of War Revisited 3
The New Warrior Class Revisited 16
Transnational Organized Crime: Law Enforcement as a Global Battlespace 29
Drug Cartels, Street Gangs, and Warlords 40
Private Military Companies: Mercenaries for the 21st Century 54
Non-State Actors in Colombia: Threats to the State and to the Hemisphere 68
Kashmir, Pakistan and the War by Terror 81
Battlespace Dynamics, Information Warfare to Netwar, and Bond-Relationship Targeting 97
'Cleansing Polluted Seas': Non-State Threats and the Urban Environment 109
Non-Lethal and Hyper-Lethal Weaponry 121
Intelligence Preparation for Operations 133
Networked Force Structure and C[superscript 4]I 144
The Structure of War: Early Fourth Epoch War Research 159
View from the Wolves' Den: The Chechens and Urban Operations 171
Selected Bibliography 185
Abstracts 191
About the Contributors 198
Index 206
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