Recognizing and Adapting to Unrestricted Warfare Practices by China
Air War College Maxwell AFB United States
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In 1999, two Chinese Colonels published a concept paper which advocated that China adopt an Unrestricted Warfare URW strategy to respond to U.S. power and military superiority. Over the last 10 years, the Chinese government seems to have implemented elements of this strategy to erode U.S. world power and influence. Due to its cultural, doctrinal, and legal biases and constraints, the United States has experienced difficulty in recognizing and responding effectively to URW practices. If the U.S. hopes to deter, prevent, andor respond to all forms of current and future URW threats, it must make policy and organizational changes within its government and the military.