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Strategic Intelligence Management by Simeon Yates, Babak Akhgar

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Chapter 4

An Age of Asymmetric Challenges—4th Generation Warfare at Sea

Peter Lehr

Introduction

The last couple of years saw a vivid and controversial discussion centering on two different military-related concepts: revolution in military affairs (RMA), and asymmetric warfare (AW). While RMA dominated discussions in the decade following the first Gulf War of 1991, the events of September 11 and the ensuing global war on terror (GWoT) plus the re-emergence of piracy firmly tilted the balance in favor of the latter concept, as illustrated by the number of conferences and workshops covering this topic, and by the proliferation of new ideas and assumptions related to AW. In the realm of maritime security, and under the general and widely believed ...

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