The Shape of Modern Combat: 'Net Warfare'

Ten years ago, scholar John Arquilla coined the phrase "net warfare" to describe an unconventional way of fighting. He says the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, show how independent units of fighters can use networks to take on larger, better-equipped armies.

In the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan, fierce resistance from militants has given military experts a lot to analyze.

And in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah militants are firing as many rockets today as they were when the conflict began three weeks ago — despite taking a constant pounding from the well-armed, well-trained Israeli Army.

Michele Norris talks with Arquilla, who is a professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.