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us: Irregular warfare


  • Here are entered works on warfare between adversaries, at least one of whom is a non-state actor seeking to undermine the established political authority through both indirect and conventional military means. Works on military conflicts that are instigated by, or fought on behalf of, countries which are note directly involved in the conflict, usually as a substitute for fighting each other, are entered under [Proxy war.]

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    • us: IW (Irregular warfare)
    • us: Unconventional warfare
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    • found: Work cat.: 2008004727: Assessing irregular warfare, 2008: p. 10 ("A form of warfare that has as its objective the credibility and/or legitimacy of the relevant political authority with the goal of undermining or supporting that authority. Irregular warfare favors indirect approaches, though it may apply the full range of military and other capabilities to seek asymmetric approaches, in order to erode an adversary's power, influence and will"; IW) p. 11 (threats are generally asymmetric or irregular rather than conventional; success hinges not on defeating forces but on winning the support and allegiance -- or defeating the will -- of populations; psychological concepts such as credibility, legitimacy, and will are the central focus; also emphasize political concepts such as power and influence in the competition for sympathy from, support from, and mobilization of various segments of the population, as well as reliance on indirect and non-military rather than military approaches; use of violence must be carefully calibrated so as to ensure that it does [not] do more harm than good in the attempt to win support from the indigenous population)
    • found: Irregular Warfare Center www homepage, Aug. 20, 2010 (Irregular warfare; "A violent struggle among state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant populations. IW favors indirect and asymmetric approaches ...")
    • found: Wikipedia, Dec. 16, 2010: (Irregular warfare is warfare in which one or more combatants are irregular military rather than regular forces. Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare. and so is asymmetric warfare; Activities and types of conflict included in IW are: insurgency/counter-insurgency; counter-terrorism; stabilization, security, transition, and reconstruction operations; unconventional warfare; foreign internal defense; civil-military operations; military intelligence and counter-intelligence activities)
  • LC Classification

    • U167.5.I8
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on warfare between adversaries, at least one of whom is a non-state actor seeking to undermine the established political authority through both indirect and conventional military means. Works on military conflicts that are instigated by, or fought on behalf of, countries which are note directly involved in the conflict, usually as a substitute for fighting each other, are entered under [Proxy war.]
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    • Note under [Proxy war]
  • Change Notes

    • 2010-08-20: new
    • 2013-10-23: revised
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