The New Rules of Warfare: John Arquilla on the 'Netwar'
The Hoover Institution - The Hoover Institution
Is the United States military behind the curve? Dr. John Arquilla, a professor of defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, believes so. "[Our] big ships, big guns, and big battalions…are sure to be the wrong approach to waging the wars of the future." He offers a way to get ahead of the curve: "[I]f we build a more networked force, it will already be able to fight at the regular level, and I believe that it will be able to scale up very nicely to fight the bigger wars."Military historian Victor Hanson agrees, for the most part. Hanson and Arquilla discuss the challenges of waging war in the modern globalized world. It is a military environment in which, John Arquilla argues, "'many and small' beats 'few and large'," "finding matters more than flanking," and "swarming is the new surging." Arquilla and Hanson discuss these tactics in light of American experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.