TITLE

Afghanistan and the Future of Warfare

AUTHOR(S)
Biddle, Stephen
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 82 Issue 2, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
Opinion. The United States' war against Afghanistan offers clues to the future of warfare, but not the ones most people think. Analysis shows that the war as a whole was much more orthodox than most people believe. The war suggests a future much more like the past than most now believe. To overcome skilled, resolute opposition required both precision firepower and skilled ground maneuver; neither alone was sufficient. The war model will not always work as it did in Afghanistan because the US will not always enjoy allies who match up so well against their enemies. We should be wary of suggestions that precision weapons have so revolutionized warfare that either the American military or American foreign policy can now be radically restructured. What the Afghan war ultimately shows is that even today, continuity in the nature of war is at least as important as change.
ACCESSION #
9126657

 

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