Asymmetric Warfare Law and Legal Definition

Asymmetric warfare means a civil war between belligerents having different strengths and weaknesses. In asymmetric warfare an opponent purchases inferior tactical or operational strength against the dangers of a superior opponent. It helps to achieve disproportionate effect with the aim of undermining the opponent’s will in order to achieve the asymmetric actor’s strategic objectives. For example, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the Islamist terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001 are examples of asymmetric warfare