Analysis: Asymmetric conflict against sub-state jihadist foes will define 21st century war

A recent Reuters report on the US Air Force employing the “roof knocking” tactic in Iraq, which the Israel Air Force pioneered in Gaza, is an indication of a wider trend that will define warfare for decades to come.

The characteristics of the modern battlefields that face Western militaries are converging, to the point where they share enough characteristics to allow one military to directly draw upon the lessons of another. Conflict in the 21st century is largely defined by foes that are sub-state, asymmetric and Islamist-jihadist.


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