Friday, June 16, 2017

Irregular warfare

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Irregular warfare is often characterized as warfare in which one or more combatants are irregular military rather than regular forces. This is because the two most commonly understood forms, insurgency and terrorism both involve non-state actors. But irregular warfare is distinguished from traditional warfare not by the parties involved, but rather by the focus of the participants on swaying some population to their side. In US military doctrine, irregular warfare is defined “A violent struggle among state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant populations.” [1]
The overuse of the term 'warfare' in contemporary military terminology to describe both a specific type of engagement and the type of forces participating in it can lead to false conclusions. A guerrilla unit that is made of commandos is a regular unit conducting asymmetric warfare whereas an irregular band of fighters can engage combat in a tactical infantry firefight if well led and well equipped, fighting like a conventional unit.
Irregular warfare favors indirect and asymmetric warfare approaches, though it may employ the full range of military and other capabilities, in order to erode the adversary’s power, influence, and will. It is inherently a protracted struggle that will test the resolve of a state and its strategic partners.[2][3][4][5][6] Concepts associated with irregular warfare are older than the term itself.[7][8]