How to Fight an Asymmetric War

Tactics and technologies, even when mismatched, evolve in a deadly lockstep

In the darkest moments of our post-Vietnam experience, U.S. Army General Bill DePuy visited Israel. It was right after the 1973 October War, when Israeli forces defeated a series of massed Syrian armor attacks on the Golan Heights. This was a climactic battle, and the victory was close and costly.

Syrians got their equipment and tactics from the Soviet Union. The U.S. Army worked closely with Israel. Together, we saw the need for more powerful tank guns; longer-range, all-weather optics; thicker armor; and better coordination among units. Defensive tactics were refined, complementing Israel's already formidable offensive capabilities. For Israel, it had...

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