Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats (2011)

Warfare and Transnational Threats tackles the complexity of modern warfare, delivering a breadth of insights aimed at bolstering our nation’s security. The volume explores key aspects of the emerging international security environment to inform debates about the future of U.S. defense strategy and the changing nature of warfare.

In addition to traditional defense and foreign policy issues, the volume addresses stability and security operations, conceptual shifts in how we analyze and respond to national security challenges, and the theological dynamics underlying the continuing conflict with a loose network of violent Islamists.

The volume’s twenty chapters provide an interdisciplinary perspective on U.S. national security affairs, focusing on key dimensions of what have been described as hybrid threats that increasingly involve transnational actors. Contributors familiar to readers include Steven Biddle, Martin van Creveld, Sebastian Gorka, Frank Hoffman, and Congressman Adam Smith.

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Advance Praise for Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats

“Is there such a thing as ‘conventional warfare’ anymore? As the authors of this paradigm shifting volume amply demonstrate, the collision of rudimentary modes of guerilla conflict with technologically enhanced operations is the new norm of global conflict. They not only provide a deep analysis of historical and ongoing approaches to warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia and other places, but are also far ahead of others in taking seriously the permanent and systemic character of non-state actors and groups ranging from Diaspora fighters to global sympathizers. Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats represents a new paradigm in conflict studies, bringing theory into line with practice.”

– Parag Khanna, Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New American Foundation, author of How to Run the World and The Second World, former advisor to US Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

“Deserves a prominent place in any credible and current glossary of war.”

– William H. Natter, III, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy

“Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats is replete with new insights into the nature of conflict in our time. The rise of networks and other nonstate actors receive full coverage  as a high-priority issue area.”

– John Arquilla, Professor and Chair in the Department of Defense Analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.


It is with profound respect that CENSA dedicates this book to the memory of Colonel (ret) John J. “Jack” McCuen. A renowned scholar and practitioner of Irregular and Hybrid Warfare, Colonel McCuen’s life was as vast as it was adventurous. Alongside his book The Art of Counter-Revolutionary War—a brilliant piece that remained on the Department of the Army’s required reading list for over a decade—Jack commanded an Armored Cavalry Squadron, served as the Director of Internal Defense and Development Studies at the US Army War College, and later worked as the Chief of the Military Assistance Group-Indonesia. Following 28 years of distinguished service, Colonel McCuen retired, yet continued to serve as a lecturer and consultant on the complexities of modern warfare. Although saddened by the loss of this great warrior, we celebrate his legacy and acknowledge the significant contributions he has made to the study of modern warfare.

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Review by John Arquilla