Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The U.S. militarys joint vision of how it will approach conflict in the future, Joint Vision JV 2020, is vulnerable to asymmetry. The tremendous relative military combat power of U.S. forces and our commitment to expanding that lead means that, for potential adversaries, asymmetric approaches will be their only recourse. Asymmetric strategies-intentional or opportunistic-will seek to counter the operational concepts underpinning JV2020. Successful asymmetric approaches could prevent the United States from fighting as designed or even at all. Alternatively, asymmetry may not defeat U.S. forces, but could prevent them from winning. Asymmetry affects the whole force and must be addressed in that context. Reliance on overwhelming offensive military power for warfighting and adopting a defensive strategy against asymmetric approaches will not ensure mastery of the asymmetric domain.
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