Considering and recognizing the diverse facets of Asymmetrical Conflict, and the various ways to contradict them or compose them superseded.
Asymmetrical is a term we use for irregular, lop-sided, uneven, and unbalanced. It is the contrast of Symmetrical which means, ?Parts on either side of a central dividing line correspond to each other or are identical to each other.?
Likewise Asymmetrical Warfare is a term we use in the context of a conflict that is irregular, lop-sided, uneven, and unbalanced.
The opposite of this is what we call Conventional Warfare. This is the type of fighting that occurs when multiple combatants meet at a location and play it ?fair? and by the ?rules?. That type of warfare is almost completely extinct. Yet there are still ?Rules? to Warfare that apply to Military and Paramilitary forces today. This is called the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions state such rules in combat such as the restriction to deliberately target civilians, Humanitarian workers, relief aid workers, peacekeeping forces, hospitals, food banks, doctors, politicians and diplomats, and various other groups, people, and organizations of that nature.
It also clearly states the restriction of ?False flag? operations, Perfidy, and torture to POW. If the Target does not have POW status then they highly discourage torture, but it is not illegal via international law.
In Asymmetrical warfare almost all of these rules are broken, primarily by only one side of the conflict, which is usually the underdog. The guys that are out-gunned, out-teched, and out-numbered have to make up for these disadvantages with there relatively smaller numbers by Carrying out Guerilla Warfare tactics, or Hit-and-Run tactics. Examples of these acts are IEDs, Ambushes, Assassinations, Terrorism, and the use of the ?Fade in, Fade out? Doctrine. In the case of a well organized, intelligent, determined, and confident adversary, these tactics will be ever-changing, and almost impossible to analyze effectively, as the commander of these, ?Guerillas? might have various groups use contrasting tactics from one another.
This might all sound very difficult to understand for you, and you?re probably thinking that it?s impossible to effectively fight a conflict against such an opponent. Well, you can, and I?m going to explain a few of my own ideas on a Doctrine that I created.
1.In the case of attacking an organized nation or group, Dispersing their forces is essential and should be your primary goal at the beginning, if you allow there forces to regroup then they have a fighting chance at defending large regions and heavy fighting will break out and last for long periods of time, Maybe even resulting in your defeat.
After you disperse their forces you will want to concentrate on isolating each individual group of militants and neutralizing them, again, DO NOT LET THEM REGROUP, COMMUNICATE, OR ALLOW THEM TO WANDER UNCHECKED. Be aware for attempts at communication via SIGINT, IMINT, HUMINT, LIGINT, or SATINT. Pin these groups down in individual locations, and keep them in siege. Disrupt the Three C?s: Communication, Command, and Control. After that is complete assault using the four F?s: Find them, Fix Them, Flank Them, and Finish them, with a combination of Shoot and Scoot, or a Center Peel method. After these assaults are complete and the ?Good? guys are in control of this nation or group watch out for signs of Insurgency and get in a position where you can react effectively and quickly to this threat.
2.Insurgency after the initial Invasion. This is where Asymmetrical Warfare Gets set in motion.
As a Commander you should be prepared for this and should have taken precautionary steps to combat it.
Precautionary Steps: Don?t spread your forces out because you?re trying to cover a bunch of land. Instead Divide it into About four groups, (depending on how big your force is) and isolate several regions. If an Insurgent Notices that there are too many ?Good? guys he may give up the will to fight right then and there. In the case that he doesn?t then you have many assets to put to use to restore and maintain peace in the particular region. Keep in mind though that as all your resources are focused on only several regions the other ones will go unchecked. YOU MUST KEEP PARAMILITARY OR SPECIAL OPERATIONAL FORCES IN THESE REGIONS TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE. In no way shape or form should you order these Special Operation Forces to carry out a Direct Action operation, unless you are extremely positive that it will remain covert and when absolutely necessary.
When you leave an area to move on to the next one make sure that occupation forces are present and aware of the situation, then repeat the whole process over again. As time develops the enemy may lose the will to fight, or lack the resources and means. Make sure you are observing the borders and have sufficient checkpoints in all exits and entrances to the country