Asymmetry and U.S. Military Strategy: Definition, Background, and Strategic Concepts

  • January 01, 2001
  • Dr Douglas V Johnson II, Dr Steven Metz

This report gives a simple and comprehensive definition of strategic asymmetry reflecting the need for military doctrine which transcends today's specific issues. The authors assess the strategic situation of the United States in terms of positive and negative asymmetry and offer five strategic concepts as part of the response to asymmetry: maximum conceptual and organizational adaptability, focused intelligence, minimal vulnerability, full spectrum precision, and an integrated homeland security strategy.