Defeating Asymmetric Threats in the Littoral Environment
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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When confronting asymmetric threats of the 21st century, it is important for the maritime commander to understand the theoretical construct of operational art in order to design an operation to achieve the objective. Regardless of the type of asymmetric threat or the platform that an adversary utilizes to employ that threat, the proper application of operational art to determine critical vulnerabilities has withstood the test of time. Utilizing historical examples during World War II and the IranIraq War in the 1980s, this paper explores a fictitious combat scenario involving Iranian fast attack craft and demonstrates how an effective center of gravity deconstruction can lead to an enemys ultimate defeat.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics