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Hybrid War: True Innovation in Military Thought?
 
Wounded American Soldiers are brought to an aid station during the Philippine Insurrection in the first decade of the 20th Century (Photo: NMHM)  

 

AN ASYMMETRICAL SYMMETRY:
HOW CONVENTION HAS BECOME INNOVATIVE MILITARY THOUGHT

Colonel Fulvio Poli
Italian Army
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.

 

SUMMARY

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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