Western preoccupation with conventional warfare leaves a vacuum for unconventional measures to take hold where only a whole-of-government response will prevail.


Conventionally focused Western militaries have created a sufficient deterrent built on their significant firepower, technology, tactics, and effective training. However, the asymmetric approaches characteristic of unconventional warfare has been adopted by competing and adversarial states seeking to mitigate the overwhelming military advantages posed by the United States and its allies. Professor Mike Fowler focuses mainly on the Russian and Chinese asymmetric approaches to warfare. Of which, and when waged concurrently or in-step with one another, creates significant challenges for the democratic system to counter or respond. How do you think allied forces can prepare and train for both the conventional and unconventional battlespaces?