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Diffused Warfare - The Concept of Virtual Mass

Diffused Warfare - The Concept of Virtual Mass

Yedidia Groll-Yaari and Haim Assa


2007 Diffused Warfare
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Shaped by the dramatic events of September 11, 2001, and the joint actions that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the first decade of the 21st century is steadily becoming a dangerous historic crossroad. With future endeavors of extreme Islamic international terrorism surely to be expected, and with the new phenomenon of terrorist organizations, such as the Hezbollah, becoming a military extension of nation-states’ armed forces, combining asymmetric entity with nation-state firepower, the challenges before the international community cannot be overstated.

The core dilemma is the baffling incapacity of current military practice effectively to overcome and contain asymmetric threats. There has to be a way to reshape the huge advantage of modern military forces over their under-equipped diffused adversaries, such that can make a meaningful victory attainable, compatible with the existing constraints on the use of force.

Diffused Warfare, through the notion of Virtual Mass and its ‘molecular mindset’, is inherently better equipped to meet such challenges and devise adequate solutions to these new threats. For better or for worse, that is the name of the game today.

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