AN ASYMMETRICAL SYMMETRY:
HOW CONVENTION HAS BECOME INNOVATIVE MILITARY THOUGHT
Colonel Fulvio Poli
U.S. Army War College Class of 2010
The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the Italian Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Italian Ministry of Defence, or the U.S. and Italian Governments.
In the last few years, notions like 'asymmetric warfare,' and, more recently,
'hybrid warfare' have become as common and pervasive as to appear like new
orthodoxy in military thought.
This U.S. Army War College International Fellow student author examines these theories through the lens of critical
thinking and argues that these 'new' constructs are anything but original.
Analyzing two historical case studies, the First Jewish-Roman War (66-73 CE) and the
Philippine-American War (1899-1902 CE), he demonstrates that asymmetry and hybridism have been common characteristics of war through the
ages since the very beginning of humanity.
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