HOW TO FIGHT THE NEXT WAR IN 21ST CENTURY: A DILEMMA FOR STANDING MILITARY FORCES
Keywords:WAR IN 21ST CENTURY
The world is yet to become completely peaceful. Both developed and developing countries are challenged with myriad of conventional and irregular threats. Conventional warfare is becoming increasingly complex and costly. Besides, nonstate actors acting as trans-national threats are gaining ever increasing prominence in both politics and warfighting. Small armies are a critical element of national power of small states. Military intelligentsia are divided as to how to prepare for the future warfighting, small armies remains in dilemma in approaching the coming decades. Many theorists and intellectuals opine asymmetry is order of the day. Constrained with elements of national power countries possessing small armies are confused in making a conventional or asymmetric choice. This paper argues conventional warfighting preparation is suitable for small armies to counter traditional and irregular threats of coming decades.
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