Definition of asymmetrical warfare in US English:

asymmetrical warfare


  • Warfare involving surprise attacks by small, simply armed groups on a nation armed with modern high-tech weaponry.

    • ‘But you know very well that terrorism is a form of asymmetrical warfare, and it's very difficult to defend against.’
    • ‘Most talked of asymmetrical warfare, perhaps failing to appreciate that the aim of all warfare is to create asymmetries to beat an enemy.’
    • ‘In an era of asymmetrical warfare, our nation's capital is vulnerable.’
    • ‘It is asymmetrical warfare, a desperate attempt to exploit the weaknesses of an adversary against which there are no conventional military options.’
    • ‘These enemies will seek to attack the United States not with conventional military forces or an American-style way of war but with asymmetrical warfare.’
    • ‘In a world of asymmetrical warfare, where terrorists can wreak havoc with simple sticks of dynamite and box-cutter knives, skeptics question the logic of pouring billions into a high-tech global missile shield.’
    • ‘The fundamental problem with fighting against opponents who use asymmetrical warfare techniques is that they attempt to blend in to the civilian population.’
    • ‘States and groups that cannot confront a superpower in traditional ways resort to terrorism as a form of asymmetrical warfare.’
    • ‘Insurgency is a form of asymmetrical warfare not only because opposing sides use different levels of weapons and tactics, but also because they have different levels of commitment.’
    • ‘They have chosen asymmetrical warfare as their military method, what we call terrorism.’
    • ‘The threat of asymmetrical warfare and terrorists getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction is a real one.’
    • ‘Adversaries will continue to use fear as a weapon, especially in asymmetrical warfare, so it is prudent to reexamine fear's effect on unit effectiveness in military organizations.’
    • ‘Military analysts would describe them as instances of asymmetrical warfare, where a relatively small and lightly equipped force attacks points of weakness in an otherwise stronger opponent by unorthodox means.’
    • ‘Now we have several American concepts such as information warfare and asymmetrical warfare that have crept into modern thinking on the subject of conflict.’
    • ‘What if the balance of conventional military power is so skewed to one side that your enemy reverts to asymmetrical warfare?’
    • ‘The grim reality is that terrorism and asymmetrical warfare can never be defeated in the way the enemy can be overrun in conventional warfare.’
    • ‘For myself, I don't think there's any question that special ops teams have - and should have - an increased role to play in today's world of asymmetrical warfare.’
    • ‘But those few who do want to engage in conflict might find technological advances allow them to engage in asymmetrical warfare using biological or nuclear weapons that kill large numbers of people.’
    • ‘Clearly, the challenge remains to meet the threat of an evolving and focused enemy employing asymmetrical warfare.’
    • ‘One of the things that we've seen in the Middle East, especially over the last two decades is asymmetrical warfare.’