Academic journal article Military Review

Précis: Unrestricted Warfare

Academic journal article Military Review

Précis: Unrestricted Warfare

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Précis: Unrestricted Warfare

In 1999, Chinese People's Liberation Army Cols. Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui published what would prove to be a highly influential book titled Unrestricted Warfare. The authors argued that modern war at that time had evolved past using only armed forces "to compel the enemy to submit to one's will" into using all military and nonmilitary means to compel an enemy to capitulate to a state's political objectives. According to their analysis, in the modern, highly competitive, globalized world, the roles of soldiers and civilians had been fundamentally erased because the equivalent of war among states in the modern world would now be ongoing continuously and everywhere.

The authors go on to postulate tactics for developing countries to use against more technologically advanced nations in the event of an overt outbreak of hostilities, implying that such measures should be used to chart the course China had to take to compensate for its then military inferiority to the United States. They outline the synchronized employment of a multitude of means to be used concurrently with military force to prevail in a conflict including hacking into government websites underpinning an opponent's administration of government, disrupting financial institutions, exploiting the West's open media, promoting social discord, and conducting urban warfare. …

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