From: John Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: John Young <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:51:37 -0700 (PDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Asymmetric Warfare Message-ID: <199805281951.PAA25901@camel14.mindspring.com> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 15:34:10 -0500 From: "90. USAFnews" <usafnews@AFNEWS.AF.MIL> 980734. Special operations commander outlines future threats by Capt. John Paradis 16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- More Chechnyas. If a military strategist needed to look at a good model for the typical future conflict, the war torn republic of Chechnya comes to mind, said Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, U.S. Special Operations Command commander in chief. Speaking recently to about 2,000 Hurlburt Field troops at the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar, Schoomaker said the only certainty in the future of warfare is that security challenges will be more ambiguous and will follow less traditional paths. Looking at Chechnya as an example of future conflict, confrontation will likely differ from the more conventional and familiar "total war" by the inclination of future adversaries to use "psychological terror" and the influence of international media, the Internet and even cell phones to employ open brutality as an information warfare tactic. Russian President Boris Yeltsin, determined to crush the secessionist drive of the tiny, mainly Muslim southern republic, ordered about 40,000 troops into Chechnya in December 1994. What was planned as a quick campaign turned into a long and costly war, in which the outnumbered rebels time and again dealt heavy blows to a demoralized Russian military. It's such "asymmetric" opponents like separatists, rebel groups, insurgents and terrorists that U.S. special operations forces will need to prepare for -- enemies who won't attack U.S. strategic strengths, but will instead target U.S. vulnerabilities by executing unorthodox measures to gain success, Schoomaker said. "That's the future. More Chechnyas," the general said. "We are going to see more conflict of this nature because it's a much different world we're facing."