Blurred Lines: The Myth of Guerrilla Tactics

Friedman, Brett, “Blurred Lines: The Myth of Guerrilla Tactics”, Infinity Journal, Vol. 3, Issue No. 4, winter 2014, pages 25-28.


Irregular warfare is in style. As the United States and its allies waged two wars against irregular actors in the last decade, the need to understand the conflicts in which the West was engaged spawned an industry of theorists discussing the phenomenon, and a few evangelists who feared a US shift to irregular warfare. The discussion is based on one assumption: that conventional tactics and irregular tactics are different. This conversation garnered so much emphasis that glaring issues of strategy were largely ignored. It is built on a false assumption: that there are two different styles of warfare.

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