Definition of asymmetric warfare
- Challenging the United States in conventional combat is an invitation to disaster; combat operations emphatically demonstrated that when Iraq's army disintegrated under pressure from U.S. airstrikes and ground assaults. So Iraqi insurgents have increasingly resorted to unconventional or “asymmetric” warfare—hit-and-run ambushes, snipings and the extensive use of homemade bombs—to inflict casualties while minimizing their own risks.
- —Ed Timms, Dallas Morning News, 13 Nov. 2003
- But the kind of asymmetric warfare that typifies combat with terrorist and other armed groups is nothing new.
- —Kenneth Roth, State News Service, 30 Dec. 2009
- … Marines would become key players in irregular and asymmetrical warfare …
- —John D. Burrow, Marine Corps Gazette, January 2011
asymmetric waror less commonly asymmetrical war noun
- The United States and its allies are already fighting asymmetric wars in Afghanistan and Iraq …
- —Anthony H. Cordesman et al., Lessons of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War, 2007
- General (Retired) Montgomery Meigs stated that asymmetric war dominates the attention of the public today, as we face this new challenge of terrorism within America’s borders …
- —John M. House, Why War? Why an Army?, 2008