The Asymmetric Warfare Threat
A Strategy to Destroy Western Civilization
A Strategy to Destroy Western Civilization
The objective of this paper is to explore a theoretical agenda that exposes nation-state actors such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as the chief orchestrators that provide the economic resources, weaponry, training facilities, strategic and tactical planning, as well as the overall philosophical indoctrination that enables the enemies of the United States, Israel and Western Civilization to operate in one accord; with the goal being the Asymmetric Warfare imposed destruction of Western Civilization.
China Asymmetric Threat:
Moving forward, from a military history perspective one can discover the work of the ancient Chinese military general and genius Sun Tzu in his The Art of War, written more than 1,500 years ago, he states: All warfare is based on deception. When confronted with an enemy one should offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him. Thus the art and science of Asymmetric warfare was born. ( Buffaloe, pg.7 )
Today Sun Tzu’s teachings still resonate in his native land China who according to Mr. James Rickard an expert at Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; states China assumes it can initially lull the opponent into complacency, or deceive him to take steps that will help China win. The premises here are quite elaborate. These concepts of how "The Inferior Defeats the Superior" are claimed to be unique to China, and to have been developed by Chinese strategists over thousands of years.” ( Rickard) To reiterate the concept of Asymmetrical warfare is alive and well in the PRC and is clearly aimed at the United States and her Western allies.
From documented cyber warfare attacks such as “'China has downloaded 10 to 20 terabytes of data from the NIPRNet (DOD's Non-Classified IP Router Network),' said Maj. Gen. William Lord, director of information, services and integration in the Air Force's Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer. They're looking for your identity so they can get into the network as you,' said Lord, adding that Chinese hackers had yet to penetrate DOD's secret, classified network. There is a nation-state threat by the Chinese.”(4) The facts can be considered as somewhat overwhelming when contemplating the “open door” policies of American immigration laws. Yes, there has been a tapering of immigration guidelines following the 911 tragedy on the American homeland however with higher education student visas still being utilized by Chinese citizens as well as human beings from across the globe, which leave their native lands and loved ones behind seeking a better life in America. In most cases of course this long standing American tradition is utilized by honest hard working people who are genuinely seeking the “American dream.” Nevertheless, within the aforementioned scenario there are members of FISS seeking to exploit American and Western freedoms while performing acts of espionage which is another form of Asymmetric Warfare in action.
Russia Asymmetric Threat:
Some may agree that the now defunct Cold War that pitted the United States of America vs. the USSR is not truly over; it has just taken on a different form of global competition in which America and Russia disdain for one another still exist. Evidence of this covert conflict can be discovered via “so it was from Virginia to Boston, and from New York to Seattle: married couples with families, young get-ahead professionals, even noisy anti-government agitators – all seemingly unremarkable in the American mix. Even the accents did not raise eyebrows in a country of immigrants. But the carefully-crafted American normality, sometimes built over a decade or more, has been shattered with the arrest of 11 people – including eight who claimed to be married couples – on charges of being part of a long-term, deep cover espionage ring run by the Russian intelligence service.” ( The Guardian) The information provided by England’s The Guardian News is bone chilling as it not a teaser to a remarkable work of fiction; they are hard facts and documented evidence of American vulnerability to Asymmetrical Warfare attacks perpetrated by long time nemesis Russia.
North Korea Asymmetric Threat:
Granted, North Korea may not be perceived as a direct symmetrical and or asymmetrical threat to the United States and the West as whole. However some may beg to differ that the constant provocations committed by North Korea with South Korea as its primary target contributes to an unstable Asia in which has a trickle-down effect that compels the PRC and the USA to react. That being stated; some may agree that it would be less than prudent for the U.S. and the West to view the North Korea vs. South Korea conflicts as a Asian conundrum, however with the economic rise of the PRC and too much is at stake on the Korean Peninsula and the continent of Asia as a whole. One such recent incident being “North Korea recognized its disadvantage in symmetric surface-ship provocations. It resorted instead to new and unexpected tactics, utilizing its latest small submarine to torpedo ROKS Cheonan on 26 March 2010. the sinking of ROKS Cheonan gravely shocked every aspect of Korean society—political, diplomatic, psychological, and military—and caused deep ripples across the range of Northeast Asian security. ( Kim) Thus illustrating a highly successful act of Asymmetrical Warfare targeting American ally the Republic of Korea at the hands of North Korea.
Iran Asymmetric Threat:
Beyond the multitude of saber rattling that is spewed out of the mouths of the regime in Tehran aimed at America, Israel and the West; even away from Persian nuclear aspirations. Iran stands as an additional Asymmetrical Warfare threat via a savvy FISS that is very proactive in the United States. The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) reports such incriminating facts as in 2008 “9 Arrests and Convictions of Iranians for Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage Cases which included engineering software, telecommunications, equipment and technology, electronics and IED components, gas valve parts, nickel alloyed pipes, fighter jet components, chemical purchasing software, cryogenic pumps, and illegal export of three key master software.” ( ONCIX)
In closing we find an expert analysis of the Asymmetric Warfare threat stated within the thesis of this document as “former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton told a packed crowd in Brevard that Iran, North Korea and Islamic terrorist groups project near-term nuclear menace that could someday soon threaten to destroy select American cities to bully their way, while longtime super powers China and Russia pose renewed challenges to world security.” ( Bolton) Thus, increased United States vigilance is required.
1)Defining Asymmetric Warfare, David L. Buffaloe; THE INSTITUTE OF LAND WA R FA R E A S S O C I ATION OF T H E UNITED STATES A R M Y, Arlington, Vi r g i n i a
2) Rickard, James, Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Californiahttp://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/nps/rickard_chin_grand_strat_jul08.pdf
3) Chris McGreal in Arlington and Paul Harris in Montclair, The Guardian, Tuesday 29 June 2010; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/29/russian-spies-suburban-america
4) THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA’S COUNTER-ASYMMETRIC STRATEGY; Captain Duk-Ki Kim, Republic of Korea Navy
5) The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, FYI 2008; http://www.ncix.gov/publications/reports/fecie_all/fecie_200have 8/2008_FECIE_Blue.pdf6) Bolton: Beware Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, Obama Published on October 7, 2012 in Asheville, Hendersonville, News Stories, Pete Zamplas; http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2012/10/07/bolton-beware-iran-north-korea-russia-china-obama/
Defining Asymmetric Warfare, David L. Buffaloe; THE INSTITUTE OF LAND WA R FA R E A S S O C I ATION OF T H E UNITED STATES A R M Y, Arlington, Vi r g i n i a
Rickard, James, Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Californiahttp://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/nps/rickard_chin_grand_strat_jul08.pdf
Chris McGreal in Arlington and Paul Harris in Montclair, The Guardian, Tuesday 29 June 2010; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/29/russian-spies-suburban-america
THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA’S COUNTER-ASYMMETRIC STRATEGY; Captain Duk-Ki Kim, Republic of Korea Navy
The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, FYI 2008; http://www.ncix.gov/publications/reports/fecie_all/fecie_200have 8/2008_FECIE_Blue.pdfBolton: Beware Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, Obama Published on October 7, 2012 in Asheville, Hendersonville, News Stories, Pete Zamplas; http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2012/10/07/bolton-beware-iran-north-korea-russia-china-obama/