GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Nov. 10, 2016) - Raphael Perl, Executive Director of the Partnership for Peace Consortium shared his perspectives on asymmetric warfare in a speech titled "Asymmetric Warfare: A Doctrine to Fit the Times" at a gathering of European security officials at the Stefania Palace in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 9.
The conference, “Asymmetric Warfare, Conflict of the Past, the Present and the Future” was held Nov. 9-10 and was sponsored by the Hungarian Minister of Defense.
“A common failure in much of today’s mainstream thinking is the belief that asymmetric warfare can be stopped by conventional warfare. Because threats can come from so many unexpected sources, when attempting to provide security today, governments need to cast wider and wider nets for information gathering with potential for abuse in securing of information,” said Perl in his opening remarks.
Perl also went on to address the need for pragmatism when dealing with the myriad of asymmetric threats wordlwide, noting that, "To effectively manage costs of security in terms ofcivil liberties and unlimited expenditure of funds, nations should adopt a doctrine of ‘acceptable losses’."
As part of his remarks, Perl presented nine options for consideration by policymakers when designing strategies to mitigate transnational asymmetric terrorism (TAT) within a framework of acceptable losses and sustainable costs.
To view Raphael Perl's commentary and recommendations please see here.