Cold War Asymmetric Warfare Analysis

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Asymmetric warfare is a war between the parties that have significant differences in military strength, strategy, or tactics. Battle of the sort often involve strategies and tactics of unconventional warfare, where the weaker party trying to use strategy to offset shortcomings in quantity as well as quality. That strategy may not have to be military in nature. Different asymmetric war with symmetrical war (symmetric warfare), where two of the warring parties have military power and resources are equivalent, so they also use tactics that are similar overall. The difference is only in terms of the details and mode of execution. In a conventional war, the enemy force easily estimated quantity as well as quality, e.g. about the power of command…show more content…
Mack (1975) in World Politics, entitled "Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars." Here the "asymmetrical" is simply defined as a significant strength of the gap between the conflicting parties in the conflict. "Strength" is widely equated here with the strength of the material, such as the number of soldiers is great, sophisticated weaponry, a developed economy, and so on. Although the concept was ignored at the time, the analysis of the Mack apparently fishing a renewed interest since the end of the cold war in the 1990s. In 2004, the U.S. military began to seriously reconsider the problem-a problem associated with asymmetric warfare. In reviewing the concept, academics tend to focus more on the effort to explain the puzzle: why the underdog can win in war? If "strength" conventionally considered to support the achievement of a victory in war, how can we explain the victory party that "weak" against the…show more content…
The success of the individual character of a kind of Ramos-Horta, who campaigned from one country to another, successfully cornered Indonesia East Timor related issues in international fora. In the field of economy, Indonesia which is experiencing a slowdown of economic growth, the decline in the value of the rupiah against the U.S. dollar, the decline of the JCI (joint stock price index), the fall in the value of exports, some even say potentially fall into a new economic crisis, are also very prone to face asymmetrical war in the field of information and economics. If the people's trust of the Government issue or a little slump, disinformation about the bankrupt banking or labor-intensive industry wants to shut down, it could trigger economic disorder, even social unrest. Facing the threat of asymmetric warfare indomitable in ways conventional or purely military approach, but rather with the approach of the political, economic, social and cultural.
With a background like that, the Government of Indonesia needs to more seriously pay attention to the threat of asymmetric warfare. Economies of scale that Indonesia is so large, and its political role in the international arena are also getting bigger, not thus make Indonesia more secure. But this is precisely the position
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