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Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the world's sole remaining superpower, with the ability to defeat virtually any combination of enemy nations in conventional combat. It is this reality, which has led other nations and terrorist groups to develop “asymmetrical warfare” tactics and techniques as their primary way to strike heavy blows against the United States and its armed forces. One only need look at the actions of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda since 9/11, to see the potential for damaging the U.S. and its interests.
Similarly, a number of nations across the globe, including the People's Republic of China, the Russian Republic, and others, have been developing a new set of warfare concepts to help isolate themselves from the power of nations like the United States, and their armed forces. Called “Anti-Access/ Area Denial (A2/AD), this new style of naval warfare is designed to deny the powerful U.S. Navy from ever getting close enough to a conflict zone to affect its outcome. China in particular, is investing huge amounts of money and resources to developing the kinds of weapons and tactics that a proper A2/AD campaign would require, including aircraft carriers and antiship ballistic missiles.
To learn more about A2/AD operations and ideas, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) author Sam J. Tangredi, Who is author of the new book called, ANTI-ACCESS WARFARE. Together they will discuss A2/AD warfare, and take the calls from interested listeners with questions or opinions of their own on the subject.
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