Asymmetric Warfare

| last update: 2014-02-17

The IED Threat

  • IISS (2012) "IEDs: the home-made bombs that changed modern war". In: Strategic Comments 18.5, S. 1–4. doi: 10.1080/13567888.2012.727282.

Private Military and Security Companies

Private Military & Security Companies (PMSCs) play a major role in modern conflicts. Some PMSCs participate in combat, others protect diplomats/merchants/engineers/infrastructure/... against attacks and some are nothing but mercenaries.

Literature on Privatizing War

  • Jäger, Thomas / Kümmel, Gerhard (Ed.) (2007) Private Military and Security Companies. Chances, Problems, Pitfalls and Prospects
  • Peter W. Singer (2005): Outsourcing War in Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005
  • Peter W. Singer (2003): Corporate Warriors. The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry
  • Resources on PMSCs: collected by the University of Cologne

Recent News on PMSCs

Counterinsurgency (COIN)


  • Gill, Paul, John Horgan und Jeffrey Lovelace (2011). "Improvised Explosive Device: The Problem of Definition". In: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 34.9, pp. 732–748. doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2011.594946.
  • Kilcullen, David (2006). "Counter-insurgency Redux". In: Survival 48.4, pp. 111–130. doi: 10.1080/00396330601062790.
  • Long, Austin (2013). "‘Green on Blue’: Insider Attacks in Afghanistan". In: Survival 55.3, pp. 167–182. doi: 10.1080/00396338.2013.802860.
  • Lundry, Chris, Steven R. Corman, R. Bennett Furlow und Kirk W. Errickson (2012). "Cooking the Books: Strategic Inflation of Casualty Reports by Extremists in the Afghanistan Conflict". In: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 35.5, pp. 369–381. doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2012.666821.
  • US Army (2009). Tactics in Counterinsurgency. Field Manual 3-24.2.