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The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy

The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy

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Many now see future warfare as a matter of nonstate actors employing irregular methods against Western states. This expectation has given rise to a range of sweeping proposals for transforming the U.S. military to meet such threats. In this context, Hezbollah’s 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon has been receiving increasing attention as a prominent recent example of a nonstate actor fighting a Westernized state. In particular, critics of irregular-warfare transformation often cite the 2006 case as evidence that non-state actors can nevertheless wage conventional warfare in state-like ways. This monograph assesses this claim via a detailed analysis of Hezbollah’s military behavior, coupled with deductive inference from observable Hezbollah behavior in the field to findings for their larger strategic intent for the campaign.
Many now see future warfare as a matter of nonstate actors employing irregular methods against Western states. This expectation has given rise to a range of sweeping proposals for transforming the U.S. military to meet such threats. In this context, Hezbollah’s 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon has been receiving increasing attention as a prominent recent example of a nonstate actor fighting a Westernized state. In particular, critics of irregular-warfare transformation often cite the 2006 case as evidence that non-state actors can nevertheless wage conventional warfare in state-like ways. This monograph assesses this claim via a detailed analysis of Hezbollah’s military behavior, coupled with deductive inference from observable Hezbollah behavior in the field to findings for their larger strategic intent for the campaign.

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THE 2006 LEBANON CAMPAIGNAND THE FUTURE OF WARFARE:IMPLICATIONS FOR ARMY AND DEFENSEPOLICYStephen BiddleJeffrey A. FriedmanSeptember 2008
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The authors would like to thank the many individuals
whose comments on previous drafts or briengs haveimproved the nal monograph, and particularly Nir
Artzi, Andrew Exum, Thomas McNaugher, and YuriZhukov. The authors would also like to express theirthanks to Brigadier General Itai Brun of the Israel
Defense Force for his support and assistance in the eld
work on which the research is based; to BG Brun and thestaff of the Dado Center for Interdisciplinary MilitaryStudies of the Israel Defense Force for their thoughtful
and energetic comments on interim project briengs;
and to Mr. Martin Peled-Flax of the Israeli Embassy inWashington, Maj. Dan Fayutkin of the Dado Center,Dima Adamsky of Columbia University, and Lt. MoranMaymon, Private Elena Papageorghiou, and Private
Maureen Shaldag of the IDF Spokesperson’s ofce for
their assistance in arranging interviews and base accessin Israel. Nir Artzi provided critical research assistancein the Hebrew literature on the war, for which theauthors are grateful. Finally, the authors would like to
thank the thirty-six IDF ofcers whose interviews form
the basis of the analysis presented here, and withoutwhose generous contributions of time and cooperationthis research would not have been possible. Any errorsof fact or interpretation, of course, are the responsibilityof the authors.

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