InfoMullet: Principles of Unrestricted Warfare

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TLDRUpFront: As China continues to exert pressure on multiple fronts its important to understand a tenet of their strategic doctrine. “Unrestricted Warfare” advances a state-actor strategy of asymmetric conflict based on the principle of additive complexity that seeks to cause a seizure of complex systems. The strategy seeks to bridge combat power disparity between two conventional actors. But it’s inherent asymmetry has seen it’s tenets increasingly adopted by both civil and violent non-state actor protests and leaderless resistance movements globally. The full text is publicly available and reproduced here with limited commentary on the eight key principles.

Making piles…



In 2010 the InfoMullet made a post and engaged in a discussion on the concept of what at the time I termed Formless Warfare and using the Stuxnet attack on Iran as an example. What I didn’t know at the time is that China had been considering such doctrines as early as 1999. This is when two Chinese Colonels, Qiao. Liang and Wang Xiangsui published a book for the People’s Liberation Army called “Unrestricted Warfare.” As this isn’t an easy work to get a hold of and to the best of my knowledge it was publicly distributed I’ve provided a reproduced copy in full below.

In “Unrestricted Warfare” the Colonels Deux proposed a new doctrine of conflict that is a variation on a more traditional concept of the principle of additive complexity. As described by counter-insurgency theorist Kilcullen the

“book’s key argument was that Western countries, particularly the United States, had created a trap for themselves by their very dominance of conventional warfare. Confronting the United States in direct conventional combat would indeed be folly, but rather than eschewing conflict, other countries or even nonstate actors could defeat the superpower through ignoring Western-defined rules of “conventional” war, instead applying what the authors called the “principle of addition”: combining direct combat with electronic, diplomatic, cyber, terrorist, proxy, economic, political, and propaganda tools to overload, deceive, and exhaust the U.S. “system of systems.” She emphasized that the authors advocated computer network attack, “lawfare” that exploited legal loopholes, economic warfare, attacking the viability of major corporations and financial institutions, media manipulation and deception, and urban guerrilla warfare. ” Kilcullen, David. The Accidental Guerrilla (p. 3). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

What is Additive Complexity

In simple terms the principle of additive complexity can be understood by imagining six people, one of whom is an expert on a topic and the other five are well informed, but not experts. In normal conversation, when each person takes their turn asking a question, the expert and respond with focus on that particular topic. However, if all five were to begin asking questions at the same time, no participant would be expending any more energy than each would in speaking in turn. The expert on the other hand may become cognitively overwhelmed trying to processes all the requests simultaneously. The disparity both in the effort to acquire expert knowledge above and beyond what it takes to be well informed and the energy investment creates the asymmetry. The shift of conversations in turn to five conversations at once is the additive complexity.

In less-simple terms terms additive complexity involves a series of actions targeting an actor, each of which requires a certain amount of organizational complexity (e.g. resources, managerial decision making, personnel) to respond too. But rather than focusing these actions along a single vector which allows an efficiency of scale in response – it varies the location and intensity according to the eight principles below. These vectors may be far away from traditional lines of conflict and therefore less hardened or prepared, and the actions themselves (just like the five conversations above) are a low investment of energy with minimal risk.  The problem comes not from any one measure, but the accumulation effect within the complex system being targeted. Most systems are designed for handling a certain level of complexity and can even sustain increased complexity for short periods of time. But a threshold effect is reached when the gradual incremental accumulations create a condition where the next additive complexity cannot be handled as well as the previous. This creates a loss of capability which then creates a feedback effect, further reducing available complexity to handle the next incremental addition by a larger gap.  This feedback effect can compound rapidly and, in theory, leads to a cascade of failures across the actor targeted.  While outright collapse might not be a result as non-critical functions are abandoned to focus on critical functions – additive complexity can seriously impair responses. And if the additions themselves are non-obvious or at a less-than-lethal or even lawful engagement, the seizure may not be immediately apparent even to leaders within the actor.

This is a specific effect of a more general effect in complexity science known as the Abelian Sandpile model.  In the Abelian Sandpile grains of sand are dropped on an existing sand pile.  For most grains, they simply add to the sandpile. But there’s a structure supporting the sandpile know as the “angle of repose.” This is the angle of the sand pile where the steepness is such that additional sand falling risks avalanche and collapse of the pile. And although it’s well understood where this risk threshold can emerge overall, it’s very difficult to predict which exact next-grain of sand will cause the pile to collapse. From the general back to the specific, Unrestricted Warfare through additive complexity is adding a lot of grains of sand to a state-actor’s sand pile trying to accumulate past that critical threshold and then find the next grain which causes the seizure or collapse. (For more on Abelian Sandpiles see and .)

How Do Actors Achieve Additive Complexity

Understanding how to accomplish these effects is even harder than describing them. And this is where the general criticism of the doctrine emerges. Some of this criticism has claimed that additive complexity is a newer form of total war – leveraging the full spectrum of state powers in pursuit of a strategy.  And as most countries that have engaged in warfare, directing total war is neither easy nor a sure path to victory. Somebody’s going to lose and FUBAR mistakes happen all the time.  This criticism however must be understood in the context of a state actor understanding how to use additive complexity against another state actor in a top-down directed hierarchical structure, the very complex system which additive complexity is trying to disrupt.  In other words – if your system is so rigid it’s a suitable target for additive complexity, you probably won’t be able to successfully manage deploying additive complexity.

Enter the devolution of rigid central control of intelligence and military agencies in both Russia and China, who to lesser or greater degrees have adopted elements of the doctrine presented here.  For instance in the 2016 election interference, two different Russian intelligence agencies both ran successful operations against the Democratic National Committee, without either being aware the other was doing it.  This creative competitive race between internal state power apparatuses can create a sort of scrum within which additive complexity is easier to deploy, because it doesn’t have to be centrally managed or controlled.

Even more well suited are new forms of non-state actors ranging from protest movements to insurgencies that adopt leaderless resistance models. These actors, or better termed movements, have no central control.  And they can harness the immense power of emergence to wield a doctrine of additive complexity. Indeed some already do, though not necessarily by design. In the Hong Kong protests, an emergent approach to innovation and testing of tactics landed on some that were classically within the realm of additive complexity. 

Ironically, China was unprepared at first for the very engagement of tactics they had helped define several decades earlier. Eventually, given the limited size of the Hong Kong population, the complete disparity in power between it’s population and Mainland China, a legal environment that favors absolute oppression and few civil liberties within China, as well as the inability of protesters to generate meaningful support from abroad outside diplomatic hand-wringing – China has regained the upper hand in the civil unrest in Hong Kong.

But larger leaderless resistance movements, or even mass-mobilization efforts of broad populations operating in more permissive legal environments may have better success at employing additive complexity.  This is done through informal adoption by principle, which is a low-energy intensity method of organizing, versus creation of complex structures to implement the elements of each principle in coordinated fashion.  Emergence then fills the gaps.  Many, most, efforts will fail. But those that succeed replicate and are adopted as we saw with the tactics in Hong Kong.

And China has not abandoned this approach, though there is room for debate on to what extent this should be considered the “sole doctrine.”  Like any nation of over 1B people, China is far too complex to ever consider acting with one intent and purpose as internal rivalries, dynamics, and opinions play out both within the Communist Party and within senior leadership of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA.)  There’s room for more than one doctrine.  But as we see an expansive China  seeking to exert itself as the rest of the world, especially the United States, continues to reel under COVID19 understanding these eight principles, and the deeper text behind them, can provide a useful context.

The Eight Principles of Unrestricted Warfare through Additive Complexity

If you want to save yourself ~200 pages of reading below I’ve summarized the eight key principles of unrestricted warfare through additive complexity. These should be considered as guiding metaphors, rather than a set of cooking instructions. I’m not of a mind to publish specific tactics or techniques on any of these, but they range the gamut from civil (lawful), civil disobedience, and even lethal means that both state and non-state actors have and can employ.


  1. Omnidirectionality — 360-degree Observation and Design, Combined Use of All Related Factors
  2. Synchrony — Conducting Actions in Different Spaces within the Same Period of Time
  3. Limited Objectives — Set a Compass to Guide Action within an Acceptable Range for the Measures [Available]
  4. Unlimited Measures — The Trend is Toward Unrestricted Employment of Measures, but Restricted to the Accomplishment of Limited Objectives
  5. Asymmetry — Seek Nodes of Action in the Opposite Direction from the Contours of the Balance of Symmetry
  6. Minimal Consumption — Use the Least Amount of Combat Resources Sufficient to Accomplish the Objective
  7. Multidimensional Coordination — Coordinating and Allocating All the Forces which can be Mobilized in the Military and Non-Military Spheres Covering an Objective
  8. Adjustment and Control of the Entire Process — During the Entire Course of a War, from its Start, through its Progress, to its Conclusion, Continually Acquire Information, Adjust Action, and Control the Situation

But – if you want to get more understanding of each of these eight in isolation and combination, by all means, the full text is reproduced below. Knock yourself out.


(INFOMULLET NOTE: FBIS stands for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service of the Central Intelligence Agency. Despite the copyright notice in the translation, which I am including for completeness, it’s not clear who if anyone actually holds the copyright to this translation and it is widely available on the internet. If the true copyright owners, Qiao Liang, Wang Xiangsui or proper officials of the People’s Liberation Army wish to raise a concern about this publication please let me know. No claim of ownership is made by this text.)

Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui


(Beijing: PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House, February 1999)






Unrestricted Warfare , by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui (Beijing: PLA Literature and Arts


Publishing House, February 1999)




[FBIS Editor’s Note: The following selections are taken from “Unrestricted Warfare,” a book

published in China in February 1999 which proposes tactics for developing countries, in

particular China, to compensate for their military inferiority vis-a-vis the United States during a

high-tech war. The selections include the table of contents, preface, afterword, and biographical

information about the authors printed on the cover. The book was written by two PLA senior

colonels from the younger generation of Chinese military officers and was published by the PLA

Literature and Arts Publishing House in Beijing, suggesting that its release was endorsed by at

least some elements of the PLA leadership. This impression was reinforced by an interview with

Qiao and laudatory review of the book carried by the party youth league’s official daily

Zhongguo Qingnian Bao on 28 June.


Published prior to the bombing of China’s embassy in Belgrade, the book has recently drawn the

attention of both the Chinese and Western press for its advocacy of a multitude of means, both

military and particularly non-military, to strike at the United States during times of conflict.

Hacking into websites, targeting financial institutions, terrorism, using the media, and

conducting urban warfare are among the methods proposed. In the Zhongguo Qingnian Bao

interview, Qiao was quoted as stating that “the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are

no rules, with nothing forbidden.” Elaborating on this idea, he asserted that strong countries

would not use the same approach against weak countries because “strong countries make the

rules while rising ones break them and exploit loopholes . . .The United States breaks [UN rules]

and makes new ones when these rules don’t suit [its purposes], but it has to observe its own rules

or the whole world will not trust it.” (see EBIS translation of the interview, OW28071 14599)

[End EBIS Editor’s Note]














Preface 1

Part One: On New Warfare 8

Chapter 1: The Weapons Revolution Which Invariably Comes First 15

Chapter 2: The War God’s Face Has Become Indistinct 36

Chapter 3: A Classic That Deviates From the Classics 61

Chapter 4: What Do Americans Gain By Touching the Elephant? 84

Part Two: A Discussion of New Methods of Operation 1 14

Chapter 5: New Methodology of War Games 124

Chapter 6: Seeking Rules of Victory: The Force Moves Away From the Point of the Enemy’s

Attack 152

Chapter 7: Ten Thousand Methods Combined as One: Combinations That Transcend

Boundaries 179

Chapter 8: Essential Principles 204

Conclusion 220

Afterword 225

Author’s Background 227













[pp 1-5 in original]


[FBIS Translated Text] Everyone who has lived through the last decade of the 20th century will

have a profound sense of the changes in the world. We don’t believe that there is anyone who

would claim that there has been any decade in history in which the changes have been greater

than those of this decade. Naturally, the causes behind the enormous changes are too numerous

to mention, but there are only a few reasons that people bring up repeatedly. One of those is the

Gulf War.


One war changed the world. Linking such a conclusion to a war which occurred one time in a

limited area and which only lasted 42 days seems like something of an exaggeration. However,

that is indeed what the facts are, and there is no need to enumerate one by one all the new words

that began to appear after 17 January 1991. It is only necessary to cite the former Soviet Union,

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, cloning, Microsoft, hackers, the Internet, the Southeast Asian

financial crisis, the euro, as well as the world’s final and only superpower — the United States.

These are sufficient. They pretty much constitute the main subjects on this planet for the past



However, what we want to say is that all these are related to that war, either directly or

indirectly. However, we definitely do not intend to mythicize war, particularly not a lopsided war

in which there was such a great difference in the actual power of the opposing parties. Precisely

the contrary. In our in-depth consideration of this war, which changed the entire world in merely

half a month, we have also noted another fact, which is that war itself has now been changed. We

discovered that, from those wars which could be described in glorious and dominating terms, to

the aftermath of the acme of what it has been possible to achieve to date in the history of warfare,

that war, which people originally felt was one of the more important roles to be played out on the

world stage, has at one stroke taken the seat of a B actor.









A war which changed the world ultimately changed war itself. This is truly fantastic, yet it also

causes people to ponder deeply. No, what we are referring to are not changes in the instruments

of war, the technology of war, the modes of war, or the forms of war. What we are referring to is

the function of warfare. Who could imagine that an insufferably arrogant actor, whose

appearance has changed the entire plot, suddenly finds that he himself is actually the last person

to play this unique role. Furthermore, without waiting for him to leave the stage, he has already

been told that there is no great likelihood that he will again handle an A role, at least not a central

role in which he alone occupies center stage. What kind of feeling would this be?


Perhaps those who feel this most deeply are the Americans, who probably should be counted as

among the few who want to play all the roles, including savior, fireman, world policeman, and an

emissary of peace, etc. In the aftermath of “Desert Storm,” Uncle Sam has not been able to again

achieve a commendable victory. Whether it was in Somalia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, this has

invariably been the case. In particular, in the most recent action in which the United States and

Britain teamed up to carry out air attacks on Iraq, it was the same stage, the same method, and

the same actors, but there was no way to successfully perform the magnificent drama that had

made such a profound impression eight years earlier. Faced with political, economic, cultural,

diplomatic, ethnic, and religious issues, etc., that are more complex than they are in the minds of

most of the military men in the world, the limitations of the military means, which had heretofore

always been successful, suddenly became apparent. However, in the age of “might makes right” –

  • and most of the history of this century falls into this period — these were issues which did not

constitute a problem. The problem is that the U.S.-led multinational forces brought this period to

a close in the desert region of Kuwait, thus beginning a new period.


At present it is still hard to see if this age will lead to the unemployment of large numbers of

military personnel, nor will it cause war to vanish from this world. All these are still

undetermined. The only point which is certain is that, from this point on, war will no longer be









what it was originally. Which is to say that, if in the days to come mankind has no choice but to

engage in war, it can no longer be carried out in the ways with which we are familiar.


It is impossible for us to deny the impact on human society and its soul of the new motivations

represented by economic freedom, the concept of human rights, and the awareness of

environmental protection, but it is certain that the metamorphosis of warfare will have a more

complex backdrop. Otherwise, the immortal bird of warfare will not be able to attain nirvana

when it is on the verge of decline: When people begin to lean toward and rejoice in the reduced

use of military force to resolve conflicts, war will be reborn in another form and in another arena,

becoming an instrument of enormous power in the hands of all those who harbor intentions of

controlling other countries or regions. In this sense, there is reason for us to maintain that the

financial attack by George Soros on East Asia, the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy by Usama

Bin Laden, the gas attack on the Tokyo subway by the disciples of the Aum Shinri Kyo, and the

havoc wreaked by the likes of Morris Jr. on the Internet, in which the degree of destruction is by

no means second to that of a war, represent semi-warfare, quasi-warfare, and sub-warfare, that is,

the embryonic form of another kind of warfare.


But whatever you call them, they cannot make us more optimistic than in the past. We have no

reason for optimism. This is because the reduction of the functions of warfare in a pure sense

does not mean at all that war has ended. Even in the so-called post-modern, post-industrial age,

warfare will not be totally dismantled. It has only re-invaded human society in a more complex,

more extensive, more concealed, and more subtle manner. It is as Byron said in his poem

mourning Shelley, “Nothing has happened, he has only undergone a sea change.” War which has

undergone the changes of modern technology and the market system will be launched even more

in atypical forms. In other words, while we are seeing a relative reduction in military violence, at

the same time we definitely are seeing an increase in political, economic, and technological

violence. However, regardless of the form the violence takes, war is war, and a change in the

external appearance does not keep any war from abiding by the principles of war.









If we acknowledge that the new principles of war are no longer “using armed force to compel the

enemy to submit to one’s will,” but rather are “using all means, including armed force or non-

armed force, military and non-military, and lethal and non-lethal means to compel the enemy to

accept one’s interests.”


This represents change. A change in war and a change in the mode of war occasioned by this. So,

just what has led to the change? What kind of changes are they? Where are the changes headed?

How does one face these changes? This is the topic that this book attempts to touch on and shed

light on, and it is also our motivation in deciding to write this book.


[Written on 17 January 1999, the 8th anniversary of the outbreak of the Gulf War]









Part One: On New Warfare




[pp. 1-9 in original]


“Although ancient states were great, they inevitably perished when they were fond of war” —

Sima Rangju


Technology is the Totem of Modern Man [1]


Stirred by the warm breeze of utilitarianism, it is not surprising that technology is more in favor

with people than science is. The age of great scientific discoveries had already been left behind

before Einstein’s time. However, modern man is increasingly inclined to seeing all his dreams

come true during his lifetime. This causes him, when betting on his own future, to prostrate

himself and expect wonders from technology through a 1000-power concave lens. In this way,

technology has achieved startling and explosive developments in a rather short period of time,

and this has resulted in innumerable benefits for mankind, which is anxious for quick success

and instant rewards. However, we proudly term this technological progress, not realizing that at

this time we have already consigned ourselves to a benighted technological age in which we

have lost our hearts [2].


Technology today is becoming increasingly dazzling and uncontrollable. Bell Labs and Sony

continue to put out novel toys. Bill Gates opens new “Windows” each year, and “Dolly,” the

cloned sheep, proves that mankind is now planning to take the place of God the Creator. The

fearsome Russian-built SU-27 fighter has not been put to use on any battlefield, and already the

SU-35 has emerged to strike a pose [3], but whether or not, once it has exhausted its time in the

limelight, the SU-35 will be able to retire having rendered meritorious service is still a matter of

considerable doubt. Technology is like “magic shoes” on the feet of mankind, and after the

spring has been wound tightly by commercial interests, people can only dance along with the

shoes, whirling rapidly in time to the beat that they set.









The names Watt and Edison are nearly synonymous with great technical inventions, and using

these great technological masters to name their age may be said to be reasonable. However, from

then on, the situation changed, and the countless and varied technological discoveries of the past

100 years or so makes it difficult for the appearance of any new technology to take on any self-

importance in the realm of human life. While it may be said that the formulations of “the age of

the steam engine” and “the age of electrification” can be said to be names which reflect the

realities of the time, today, with all kinds of new technology continuously beating against the

banks of the age so that people scarcely have the time to accord them brief acclaim while being

overwhelmed by an even higher and newer wave of technology, the age in which an era could be

named for a single new technology or a single inventor has become a thing of the past. This is

the reason why, if one calls the current era the “nuclear age” or the “information age,” it will still

give people the impression that you are using one aspect to typify the whole situation.


There is absolutely no doubt that the appearance of information technology has been good news

for human civilization. This is because it is the only thing to date that is capable of infusing

greater energy into the technological “plague” that has been released from Pandora’s box, and at

the same time it also provides a magic charm as a means of controlling it [technology]. It is just

that, at present, there is still a question of who in turn will have a magic charm with which to

control it [information technology]. The pessimistic viewpoint is that, if this technology develops

in a direction which cannot be controlled by man, ultimately it will turn mankind into its victim

[4]. However, this frightening conclusion is totally incapable of reducing people’s ardor for it.

The optimistic prospects that it displays itself are intensely seductive for mankind, which has a

thirst for technical progress. After all, its unique features of exchanging and sharing represent the

light of intelligence which we can hope will lead mankind out of the barbarism of technology,

although this is still not sufficient to make us like those futurists who cannot see the forest for the

trees, and who use its name to label the entire age. Its characteristics are precisely what keep it

from being able to replace the various technologies that we already have in great quantity, that









are just emerging, or which are about to be born, particularly those such as biotechnology,

materials technology, and nanotechnology, these technologies which have a symbiotic

relationship with information technology in which they rely on and promote one another.


Over the past 300 years, people have long since become accustomed to blindly falling in love

with the new and discarding the old in the realm of technology, and the endless pursuit of new

technology has become a panacea to resolve all the difficult questions of existence. Infatuated

with it, people have gradually gone astray. Just as one will often commit ten other mistakes to

cover up one, to solve one difficult problem people do not hesitate to bring ten more on

themselves [5]. For example, for a more convenient means of transportation, people invented

cars, but a long string of problems followed closely on the heels of the automobile — mining and

smelting, mechanical processing, oil extraction, rubber refining, and road-building, etc., which in

turn required a long string of technical means to solve, until ultimately it led to pollution of the

environment, destroying resources, taking over farmland, traffic accidents, and a host of thornier

problems. In the long run, comparing the original goal of using cars for transportation with these

derivative problems, it almost seems unimportant. In this way, the irrational expansion of

technology causes mankind to continually lose his goals in the complex ramifications of the tree

of technology, losing his way and forgetting how to get back. We may as well dub this

phenomenon the “ramification effect.” Fortunately, at this time, modern information technology

made its appearance. We can say with certainty that this is the most important revolution in the

history of technology. Its revolutionary significance is not merely in that it is a brand new

technology itself, but more in that it is a kind of bonding agent which can lightly penetrate the

layers of barriers between technologies and link various technologies which appear to be totally

unrelated. Through its bonding, not only is it possible to derive numerous new technologies

which are neither one thing nor the other while they also represent this and that, and furthermore

it also provides a kind of brand new approach to the relationship between man and technology.

Only from the perspective of mankind can mankind clearly perceive the essence of technology as









a tool, and only then can he avoid becoming a slave to technology — to the tool — during the

process of resolving the difficult problems he faces in his existence. Mankind is completely

capable of fully developing his own powers of imagination so that, when each technology is used

its potential is exhausted, and not being like a bear breaking off corncobs, only able to

continually use new technology to replace the old. Today, the independent use of individual

technologies is now becoming more and more unimaginable. The emergence of information

technology has presented endless possibilities for match-ups involving various old and new

technologies and among new and advanced technologies. Countless facts have demonstrated that

the integrated use of technology is able to promote social progress more than even the discovery

of the technology [6].


The situation of loud solo parts is in the process of being replaced by a multi-part chorus. The

general fusion of technology is irreversibly guiding the rising globalization trend, while the

globalization trend in turn is accelerating the process of the general fusion of technology, and

this is the basic characteristic of our age.


This characteristic will inevitably project its features on every direction of the age, and naturally

the realm of war will be no exception. No military force that thirsts for modernization can get by

without nurturing new technology, while the demands of war have always been the midwife of

new technology. During the Gulf War, more than 500 kinds of new and advanced technology of

the 80s ascended the stage to strike a pose, making the war simply seem like a demonstration site

for new weaponry. However, the thing that left a profound impression on people was not the new

weaponry per se, but was rather the trend of systemization in the development and use of the

weapons. Like the “Patriots” intercepting the “Scuds,” it seemed as simple as shooting birds with

a shotgun, while in fact it involved numerous weapons deployed over more than half the globe:

After a DSP satellite identified a target, an alarm was sent to a ground station in Australia, which

was then sent to the central command post in Riyadh through the U.S. Cheyenne Mountain

command post, after which the “Patriot” operators were ordered to take their battle stations, all of









which took place in the mere 90-second alarm stage, relying on numerous relays and

coordination of space-based systems and C3I systems, truly a “shot heard ’round the world.” The

real-time coordination of numerous weapons over great distances created an unprecedented

combat capability, and this was precisely something that was unimaginable prior to the

emergence of information technology. While it may be said that the emergence of individual

weapons prior to World War II was still able to trigger a military revolution, today no-one is

capable of dominating the scene alone.


War in the age of technological integration and globalization has eliminated the right of weapons

to label war and, with regard to the new starting point, has realigned the relationship of weapons

to war, while the appearance of weapons of new concepts, and particularly new concepts of

weapons, has gradually blurred the face of war. Does a single “hacker” attack count as a hostile

act or not? Can using financial instruments to destroy a country’s economy be seen as a battle?

Did CNN’s broadcast of an exposed corpse of a U.S. soldier in the streets of Mogadishu shake

the determination of the Americans to act as the world’s policeman, thereby altering the world’s

strategic situation? And should an assessment of wartime actions look at the means or the

results? Obviously, proceeding with the traditional definition of war in mind, there is no longer

any way to answer the above questions. When we suddenly realize that all these non-war actions

may be the new factors constituting future warfare, we have to come up with a new name for this

new form of war: Warfare which transcends all boundaries and limits, in short: unrestricted



If this name becomes established, this kind of war means that all means will be in readiness, that

information will be omnipresent, and the battlefield will be everywhere. It means that all

weapons and technology can be superimposed at will, it means that all the boundaries lying

between the two worlds of war and non-war, of military and non-military, will be totally

destroyed, and it also means that many of the current principles of combat will be modified, and

even that the rules of war may need to be rewritten.









However, the pulse of the God of War is hard to take. If you want to discuss war, particularly the

war that will break out tomorrow evening or the morning of the day after tomorrow, there is only

one way, and that is to determine its nature with bated breath, carefully feeling the pulse of the

God of War today.




[1] In Man and Technology, O. Spengler stated that “like God, our father, technology is eternal

and unchanging, like the son of God, it will save mankind, and like the Holy Spirit, it shines

upon us.” The philosopher Spengler’s worship for technology, which was just like that of a

theologian for God, was nothing but a manifestation of another type of ignorance as man entered

the great age of industrialism, which increasingly flourished in the post-industrial age.


[2] In this regard, the French philosopher and scientist Jean Ladrihre has a unique viewpoint. He

believes that science and technology have a destructive effect as well as a guiding effect on

culture. Under the combined effects of these two, it is very difficult for mankind to maintain a

clear-headed assessment of technology, and we are constantly oscillating between the two

extremes of technical fanaticism and “anti-science” movements. Bracing oneself to read through

his The Challenge Presented to Cultures by Science and Technology, in which the writing is

abstruse but the thinking recondite, may be helpful in observing the impact of technology on the

many aspects of human society from a broader perspective.


[3] Although the improvement of beyond visual range (B VR) weapons has already brought about

enormous changes in the basic concepts of air combat, after all is said and done it has not

completely eliminated short-range combat. The SU-27, which is capable of “cobra” maneuvers

and the SU-35, which is capable of “hook” moves, are the most outstanding fighter aircraft to



[4] F. G. Ronge [as published 1715 2706 1396 2706] is the sharpest of the technological

pessimists. As early as 1939, Ronge had recognized the series of problems that modern









technology brings with it, including the growth of technological control and the threat of

environmental problems. In his view, technology has already become an unmatched, diabolical

force. It has not only taken over nature, it has also stripped away man’s freedom. In Being and

Time, Martin Heidegger termed technology an “outstanding absurdity,” calling for man to return

to nature in order to avoid technology, which posed the greatest threat. The most famous

technological optimists were [Norbert] Wiener and Steinbuch. In Wiener’s Cybernetics, God and

Robots, and The Human Use of Human Beings” and Steinbuch’s The Information Society,

Philosophy and Cybernetics, and other such works, we can see the bright prospects that they

describe for human society, driven by technology.


[5] In David Ehrenfeld’s book. The Arrogance of Humanism, he cites numerous examples of this.

In Too Clever, Schwartz states that “the resolution of one problem may generate a group of new

problems, and these problems may ultimately preclude that kind of resolution.” In Rational

Consciousness, Rene Dibo [as published 3583 0355 6611 0590] also discusses a similar



[6] In The Age of Science and the Future of Mankind, E. Shulman points out that “during the

dynamic development of modern culture, which is based on the explosive development of

modern technology, we are increasingly faced with the fact of multidisciplinary cooperation… it

is impossible for one special branch of science to guide our practice in a sufficiently scientific










Chapter 1: The Weapons Revolution Which Invariably Comes First


[pp. 10-33 in original]


“As soon as technological advances may be applied to military goals, and furthermore are

already used for military purposes, they almost immediately seem obligatory, and also often go

against the will of the commanders in triggering changes or even revolutions in the modes of

combat” — Engels


The weapons revolution invariably precedes the revolution in military affairs by one step, and

following the arrival of a revolutionary weapon, the arrival of the revolution in military affairs is

just a matter of time. The history of warfare is continually providing this kind of proof: bronze or

iron spears resulted in the infantry phalanx, and bows and arrows and stirrups provided new

tactics for cavalry [1]. Black powder cannons gave rise to a full complement of modern warfare

modes.. ..from the time when conical bullets and rifles [2] took to the battlefield as the vanguard

of the age of technology, weapons straightaway stamped their names on the chest of warfare.

First, it was the enormous steel-clad naval vessels that ruled the seas, launching the “age of

battleships,” then its brother the “tank” ruled land warfare, after which the airplane dominated the

skies, up until the atomic bomb was born, announcing the approach of the “nuclear age.” Today,

a multitude of new and advanced technology weapons continues to pour forth, so that weapons

have solemnly become the chief representative of war. When people discuss future warfare, they

are already quite accustomed to using certain weapons or certain technologies to describe it,

calling it “electronic warfare,” “precision- weapons warfare,” and “information warfare.”


Coasting along in their mental orbit, people have not yet noticed that a certain inconspicuous yet

very important change is stealthily approaching.


No One Has the Right to Label Warfare









The weapons revolution is a prelude to a revolution in military affairs. What is different than in

the past is that the revolution in military affairs that is coming will no longer by driven by one or

two individual weapons. In addition to continuing to stimulate people to yearn for and be

charmed by new weapons, the numerous technological inventions have also quickly eradicated

the mysteries of each kind of weapon. In the past, all that was needed was the invention of a few

weapons or pieces of equipment, such as the stirmp and the Maxim machine gun [3], and that

was sufficient to alter the form of war, whereas today upwards of 100 kinds of weapons are

needed to make up a certain weapons system before it can have an overall effect on war.

However, the more weapons are invented, the smaller an individual weapon’s role in war

becomes, and this is a paradox that is inherent in the relationship between weapons and war.

Speaking in that sense, other than the all-out use of nuclear weapons, a situation which is more

and more unlikely and which may be termed nuclear war, none of the other weapons, even those

that are extremely revolutionary in nature, possesses the right to label future warfare.


Perhaps it is precisely because people recognize this point that we then have formulations such

as “high-tech warfare” and “information warfare” [4], whose intent is to use the broad concept of

technology to replace the concept of specific weapons, using a fuzzy-learning approach to

resolve this knotty problem. However, it seems that this still is not the way to resolve the



When one delves deeply into this, the term “high-technology” [5], which first appeared in the

architectural industry in the United States, is in fact a bit vague. What constitutes high

technology? What does it refer to? Logically speaking, high and low are only relative concepts.

However, using an extremely mutable concept in this irrational manner to name warfare, which

is evolving endlessly, in itself constitutes a considerable problem. When one generation’s high

technology becomes low technology with the passage of time, are we still prepared to again dub

the new toys that continue to appear as being high tech? Or is it possible that, in today’s

technological explosion, this may result in confusion and trouble for us in naming and using each









new technology that appears? Not to mention the question of just what should be the standard to

determine whether something is high or not? With regard to technology itself, each technology

has specific aspects, which therefore means that each has its time limits. Yesterday’s “high” is

very possibly today’s “low,” while today’s “new” will in turn become tomorrow’s “old.”

Compared to the M-60 tank, the “Cobra” helicopter, and the B-52, the main battle weapons of

the 60s-70s, the “Abrams” tank, the “Apache” helicopter gunship, the F-117, the “Patriot”

missiles, and the “Tomahawk” cruise missiles are high tech. However, faced with the B-2, the F-

22, the “Comanche” helicopter, and the “J-Stars” joint-surveillance target-attack radar system,

they in turn seem outmoded. It is as if to say there is the concept of high-tech weapons, which is

a variable throughout, and which naturally becomes the title of the “bride.” Then, as the “flowers

bloom each year, but the people change,” all that is left is the empty shell of a name, which is

continually placed on the head of the girl who is becoming the next “bride.” Then, in the chain of

warfare with its continuous links, each weapon can go from high to low and from new to old at

any time and any place, with time’s arrow being unwilling to stop at any point; nor can any

weapon occupy the throne of high technology for long. Since this is the case, just what kind of

high technology does this so-called high-tech warfare refer to?


High technology, as spoken of in generalities, cannot become a synonym for future warfare, nor

is information technology — which is one of the high technologies of the present age and which

seems to occupy an important position in the makeup of all modern weapons — sufficient to

name a war. Even if in future wars all the weapons have information components embedded in

them and are fully computerized, we can still not term such war information warfare, and at most

we can just call it computerized warfare [6]. This is because, regardless of how important

information technology is, it cannot completely supplant the functions and roles of each

technology per se. For example, the F-22 fighter, which already fully embodies information

technology, is still a fighter, and the “Tomahawk” missile is still a missile, and one cannot lump

them all together as information weapons, nor can war which is conducted using these weapons









be termed information warfare [7]. Computerized warfare in the broad sense and information

warfare in the narrow sense are two completely different things. The former refers to the various

forms of warfare which are enhanced and accompanied by information technology, while the

latter primarily refers to war in which information technology is used to obtain or suppress

information. In addition, the contemporary myth created by information worship has people

mistakenly believing that it is the only rising technology, while the sun has already set on all the

others. This kind of myth may put more money in the pockets of Bill Gates, but it cannot alter

the fact that the development of information technology similarly relies on the development of

other technology, and the development of related materials technology is a direct constraint on

information technology breakthroughs. For example, the development of biotechnology will

determine the future fate of information technology [8]. Speaking of bio-information technology,

we may as well return to a previous topic and again make a small assumption: If people use

information-guided bio-weapons to attack a bio-computer, should this be counted as bio-warfare

or information warfare? I fear that no one will be able to answer that in one sentence, but this is

something which is perfectly capable of happening. Actually, it is basically not necessary for

people to wrack their brains over whether or not information technology will grow strong and

unruly today, because it itself is a synthesis of other technologies, and its first appearance and

every step forward are all a process of blending with other technologies, so that it is part of them,

and they are part of it, and this is precisely the most fundamental characteristic of the age of

technological integration and globalization. Naturally, like the figures from a steel seal, this

characteristic may leave its typical imprint on each modern weapon. We are by no means

denying that, in future warfare, certain advanced weapons may play a leading role. However, as

for determining the outcome of war, it is now very difficult for anyone to occupy an unmatched

position. It may be leading, but it will not be alone, much less never-changing. Which is also to

say that there is no one who can unblushingly stamp his own name on a given modern war.









“Fighting the Fight that Fits One’s Weapons” and “Making the Weapons to Fit the Fight”


These two sentences, “fight the fight that fits one’s weapons” and “build the weapons to fit the

fight” show the clear demarcation line between traditional warfare and future warfare, as well as

pointing out the relationship between weapons and tactics in the two kinds of war. The former

reflects the involuntary or passive adaptation of the relationship of man to weapons and tactics in

war which takes place under natural conditions, while the latter suggests the conscious or active

choice that people make regarding the same proposition when they have entered a free state. In

the history of war, the general unwritten rule that people have adhered to all along is to “fight the

fight that fits one’s weapons.” Very often it is the case that only after one first has a weapon does

one begin to formulate tactics to match it. With weapons coming first, followed by tactics, the

evolution of weapons has a decisive constraining effect on the evolution of tactics. Naturally,

there are limiting factors here involving the age and the technology, but neither can we say that

there is no relationship between this and the linear thinking in which each generation of weapons

making specialists only thinks about whether or not the performance of the weapon itself is

advanced, and does not consider other aspects. Perhaps this is one of the factors why a weapons

revolution invariably precedes a revolution in military affairs.


Although the expression “fight the fight that fits one’s weapons” is essentially negative in nature

because what it leaves unsaid reflects a kind of helplessness, we have no intention of belittling

the positive meaning that it has today, and this positive meaning is seeking the optimum tactics

for the weapons one has. In other words, seeking the combat mode which represents the best

match for the given weapons, thereby seeing that they perform up to their peak values. Today,

those engaged in warfare have now either consciously or unconsciously completed the transition

of this rule from the negative to the positive. It is just that people still wrongfully believe that this

is the only initiative that can be taken by backward countries in their helplessness. They hardly

realize that the United States, the foremost power in the world, must similarly face this kind of

helplessness. Even though she is the richest in the world, it is not necessarily possible for her to









use up her uniform new and advanced technology weapons to fight an expensive modern war [9].

It is just that she has more freedom when it comes to the selection and pairing up of new and old



If one can find a good point of agreement, which is to say, the most appropriate tactics, the

pairing up and use of new and older generation weapons not only makes it possible to eliminate

the weakness of uniform weaponry, it may also become a “multiplier” to increase the weapons’

effectiveness. The B-52 bomber, which people have predicted on many occasions is long since

ready to pass away peacefully, has once again become resplendent after being coupled with

cruise missiles and other precision guided weapons, and its wings have not yet rested to date. By

the use of external infrared guided missiles, the A- 10 aircraft now has night-attack capabilities

that it originally lacked, and when paired with the Apache helicopter, they complement each

other nicely, so that this weapons platform which appeared in the mid-70s is very imposing.

Obviously, “fight the fight that fits one’s weapons” by no means represents passive inaction. For

example, today’s increasingly open weapons market and multiple supply channels have provided

a great deal of leeway with regard to weapons selection, and the massive coexistence of weapons

which span multiple generations has provided a broader and more functional foundation for

trans-generation weapons combinations than at any age in the past, so that it is only necessary to

break with our mental habit of treating the weapons’ generations, uses, and combinations as

being fixed to be able to turn something that is rotten into something miraculous. If one thinks

that one must rely on advanced weapons to fight a modem war, being blindly superstitious about

the miraculous effects of such weapons, it may actually result in turning something miraculous

into something rotten. We find ourselves in a stage where a revolutionary leap forward is taking

place in weapons, going from weapons systems symbolized by gunpowder to those symbolized

by information, and this may be a relatively prolonged period of alternating weapons. At present

we have no way of predicting how long this period may last, but what we can say for sure is that,

as long as this alternation has not come to an end, fighting the kind of battle that fits one’s









weapons will be the most basic approach for any country in handling the relationship between

weapons and combat, and this includes the United States, the country which has the most

advanced weapons. What must be pointed out is that, the most basic thing is not the thing with

the greatest future. Aggressive initiatives under negative preconditions is only a specific

approach for a specific time, and by no means constitutes an eternal rule. In man’s hands,

scientific progress has long since gone from passive discovery to active invention, and when the

Americans proposed the concept of “building the weapons to fit the fight,” it triggered the

greatest single change in the relationship between weapons and tactics since the advent of war.

First determine the mode of combat, then develop the weapons, and in this regard, the first stab

that the Americans took at this was “Air-Land battle,” while the currently popular “digitized

battlefield” and “digitized units” [10] which have given rise to much discussion represent their

most recent attempt. This approach indicates that the position of weapons in invariably preceding

a revolution in military affairs has now been shaken, and now tactics come first and weapons

follow, or the two encourage one another, with advancement in a push-pull manner becoming the

new relationship between them. At the same time, weapons themselves have produced changes

with epoch-making significance, and their development no longer looks only to improvements in

the performance of individual weapons, but rather to whether or not the weapons have good

characteristics for linking and matching them with other weapons. As with the F- 1 1 1 , which was

in a class by itself at the time, because it was too advanced, there was no way to pair it up with

other weapons, so all they could do was shelve it. That lesson has now been absorbed, and the

thinking that tries to rely on one or two new and advanced technology weapons to serve as “killer

weapons” which can put an end to the enemy is now outmoded.


“Building the weapons to fit the fight,” an approach which has the distinctive features of the age

and the characteristics of the laboratory, may not only be viewed as a kind of active choice, it can

also be taken as coping with shifting events by sticking to a fundamental principle, and in

addition to being a major breakthrough in the history of preparing for war, it also implies the









potential crisis in modern warfare: Customizing weapons systems to tactics which are still being

explored and studied is like preparing food for a great banquet without knowing who is coming,

where the slightest error can lead one far astray. Viewed from the performance of the U.S.

military in Somalia, where they were at a loss when they encountered Aidid’s forces, the most

modern military force does not have the ability to control public clamor, and cannot deal with an

opponent who does things in an unconventional manner. On the battlefields of the future, the

digitized forces may very possibly be like a great cook who is good at cooking lobsters sprinkled

with butter, when faced with guerrillas who resolutely gnaw corncobs, they can only sigh in

despair. The “generation gap”[l 1] in weapons and military forces is perhaps an issue that

requires exceptional attention. The closer the generation gap is, the more pronounced are the

battle successes of the more senior generation, while the more the gap opens, the less each party

is capable of dealing with the other, and it may reach the point where no one can wipe out the

other. Looking at the specific examples of battles that we have, it is difficult for high-tech troops

to deal with unconventional warfare and low-tech warfare, and perhaps there is a rule here, or at

least it is an interesting phenomenon which is worth studying[12].


Weapons of New Concepts and New Concepts of Weapons


Compared to new-concept weapons, nearly all the weapons that we have known so far may be

termed old-concept weapons. The reason they are called old is because the basic functions of

these weapons were their mobility and lethal power. Even things like precision-guided bombs

and other such high-tech weapons really involve nothing more than the addition of the two

elements of intelligence and structural capabilities. From the perspective of practical

applications, no change in appearance can alter their nature as traditional weapons, that is, their

control throughout by professional soldiers and their use on certain battlefields. All these

weapons and weapons platforms that have been produced in line with traditional thinking have

without exception come to a dead end in their efforts to adapt to modern warfare and future









warfare. Those desires of using the magic of high-technology to work some alchemy on

traditional weapons so that they are completely remade have ultimately fallen into the high-tech

trap involving the endless waste of limited funds and an arms race. This is the paradox that must

inevitably be faced in the process of the development of traditional weapons:


To ensure that the weapons are in the lead, one must continue to up the ante in development

costs; the result of this continued raising of the stakes is that no one has enough money to

maintain the lead. Its ultimate result is that the weapons to defend the country actually become a

cause of national bankruptcy.


Perhaps the most recent examples are the most convincing. Marshal Orgakov, the former chief of

the Soviet general staff, was acutely aware of the trend of weapons development in the “nuclear

age,” and when, at an opportune time, he proposed the brand-new concept of the “revolution in

military technology,” his thinking was clearly ahead of those of his generation. But being ahead

of time in his thinking hardly brought his country happiness, and actually brought about

disastrous results [13]. As soon as this concept — which against the backdrop of the Cold War

was seen by his colleagues as setting the pace for the time — was proposed, it further intensified

the arms race which had been going on for some time between the United States and the Soviet

Union. It was just that, at that time no one could predict that it would actually result in the

breakup of the Soviet Union and its complete elimination from the superpower contest. A

powerful empire collapsed without a single shot being fired, vividly corroborating the lines of

the famous poem by Kipling, “When empires perish, it is not with a rumble, but a snicker.” Not

only was this true for the former Soviet Union, today the Americans seem to be following in the

footsteps of their old adversary, providing fresh proof of the paradox of weapons development

that we have proposed. As the outlines of the age of technology integration become increasingly

clear, they are investing more and more in the development of new weapons, and the cost of the

weapons is getting higher and higher. The development of the F-14 and F-15 in the 60s-70s cost

one billion dollars, while the development of the B-2 in the 80s cost over $10 billion, and the









development of the F-22 in the 90s has exceeded $13 billion. Based on weight, the B-2 [14],

which runs $13-$ 15 billion each, is some three times more expensive than an equivalent weight

of gold [15]. Expensive weapons like that abound in the U.S. arsenal, such as the F-1 17A

bomber, the F-22 main combat aircraft, and the Comanche helicopter gunship. The cost of each

of these weapons exceeds or approaches $100 million, and this massive amount of weapons with

unreasonable cost-effectiveness has covered the U.S. military with increasingly heavy armor,

pushing them step by step toward the high-tech weapons trap where the cost stakes continue to

be raised. If this is still true for the rich and brash United States, then how far can the other

countries, who are short of money, continue down this path? Obviously, it will be difficult for

anyone to keep going. Naturally, the way to extricate oneself from this predicament is to develop

a different approach.


Therefore, new-concept weapons have emerged to fill the bill. However, what seems unfair to

people is that it is again the Americans who are in the lead in this trend. As early as the Vietnam

war, the silver iodide powder released over the “Ho Chi Minh trail” that resulted in torrential

rains and the defoliants scattered over the subtropical forests put the “American devils” in the

sole lead with regard to both the methods and ruthlessness of new-concept weapons. Thirty years

later, with the dual advantages of money and technology, others are unable to hold a candle to

them in this area.


However, the Americans are not necessarily in the sole lead in everything. The new concepts of

weapons, which came after the weapons of new concepts and which cover a wider area, were a

natural extension of this. However, the Americans have not been able to get their act together in

this area. This is because proposing a new concept of weapons does not require relying on the

springboard of new technology, it just demands lucid and incisive thinking. However, this is not

a strong point of the Americans, who are slaves to technology in their thinking. The Americans

invariably halt their thinking at the boundary where technology has not yet reached. It cannot be

denied that man-made earthquakes, tsunamis, weather disasters, or subsonic wave and new









biological and chemical weapons all constitute new concept weapons [ 16 ], and that they have

tremendous differences with what we normally speak of as weapons, but they are still all

weapons whose immediate goal is to kill and destroy, and which are still related to military

affairs, soldiers, and munitions. Speaking in this sense, they are nothing more than non-

traditional weapons whose mechanisms have been altered and whose lethal power and

destructive capabilities have been magnified several times over.


However, a new concept of weapons is different. This and what people call new-concept

weapons are two entirely different things. While it may be said that new-concept weapons are

weapons which transcend the domain of traditional weapons, which can be controlled and

manipulated at a technical level, and which are capable of inflicting material or psychological

casualties on an enemy, in the face of the new concept of weapons, such weapons are still

weapons in a narrow sense. This is because the new concept of weapons is a view of weapons in

the broad sense, which views as weapons all means which transcend the military realm but which

can still be used in combat operations. In its eyes, everything that can benefit mankind can also

harm him. This is to say that there is nothing in the world today that cannot become a weapon,

and this requires that our understanding of weapons must have an awareness that breaks through

all boundaries. With technological developments being in the process of striving to increase the

types of weapons, a breakthrough in our thinking can open up the domain of the weapons

kingdom at one stroke. As we see it, a single man-made stock-market crash, a single computer

virus invasion, or a single rumor or scandal that results in a fluctuation in the enemy country’s

exchange rates or exposes the leaders of an enemy country on the Internet, all can be included in

the ranks of new-concept weapons. A new concept of weapons provides direction for new-

concept weapons, while the new-concept weapons give fixed forms to the new concept of

weapons. With regard to the flood of new-concept weapons, technology is no longer the main

factor, and the true underlying factor is a new concept regarding weapons.









What must be made clear is that the new concept of weapons is in the process of creating

weapons that are closely linked to the lives of the common people. Let us assume that the first

thing we say is: The appearance of new-concept weapons will definitely elevate future warfare to

a level which is hard for the common people — or even military men — to imagine. Then the

second thing we have to say should be: The new concept of weapons will cause ordinary people

and military men alike to be greatly astonished at the fact that commonplace things that are close

to them can also become weapons with which to engage in war. We believe that some morning

people will awake to discover with surprise that quite a few gentle and kind things have begun to

have offensive and lethal characteristics.


The Trend to “Kinder” Weapons


Before the appearance of the atom bomb, warfare was always in a “shortage age” with respect to

lethal power. Efforts to improve weapons have primarily been to boost their lethal power, and

from the “light-kill weapons” represented by cold steel weapons and single-shot firearms to the

“heavy-kill weapons” represented by various automatic firearms, the history of the development

of weapons has almost always been a process of continuing to boost the lethal power of

weapons. Prolonged shortages resulted in a thirst among military men for weapons of even

greater lethal power that was difficult to satisfy. With a single red cloud that arose over the

wasteland of New Mexico in the United States, military men were finally able to obtain a

weapon of mass destruction that fulfilled their wishes, as this could not only completely wipe out

the enemy, it could kill them 100 or 1000 times over. This gave mankind lethal capabilities that

exceeded the demand, and for the first time there was some room to spare with regard to lethal

power in war.


Philosophical principles tell us that, whenever something reaches an ultimate point, it will turn in

the opposite direction. The invention of nuclear weapons, this “ultra-lethal weapon” [17] which

can wipe out all mankind, has plunged mankind into an existential trap of its own making.









Nuclear weapons have become a sword of Damocles hanging over the head of mankind which

forces it to ponder: Do we really need “ultra-lethal weapons”? What is the difference between

killing an enemy once and killing him 100 times? What is the point of defeating the enemy if it

means risking the destruction of the world? How do we avoid warfare that results in ruin for all?

A “balance of terror” involving “mutually-assured destruction” was the immediate product of this

thinking, but its by-product was to provide a braking mechanism for the runaway express of

improving the lethal capabilities of weapons, which was continually picking up speed, so that the

development of weapons was no longer careening crazily down the light-kill weapons — heavy-

kill weapons — ultra-lethal weapons expressway, with people trying to find a new approach to

weapons development which would not only be effective but which could also exercise control

over the lethal power of the weapons.


Any major technological invention will have a profound human background. The “Universal

Declaration of Human Rights” passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 and the

more than 50 subsequent pacts related to it have established a set of international rules for human

rights in which it is recognized that the use of weapons of mass destruction — particularly nuclear

weapons — is a serious violation of the “right to life” and represents a “crime against mankind.”

Influenced by human rights and other new political concepts, plus the integration trend in

international economics, the interlocking demands and political positions involving the interests

of various social and political forces, the proposal of the concept of “ultimate concern” for the

ecological environment, and particularly the value of human life, have resulted in misgivings

about killing and destruction, forming a new value concept for war and new ethics for warfare.

The trend to “kinder” [18] weapons is nothing other than a reflection in the production and

development of weapons of this great change in man’s cultural background. At the same time,

technological progress has given us the means to strike at the enemy’s nerve center directly

without harming other things, giving us numerous new options for achieving victory, and all

these make people believe that the best way to achieve victory is to control, not to kill. There









have been changes in the concept of war and the concept of weapons, and the approach of using

uncontrolled slaughter to force the enemy into unconditional surrender has now become the relic

of a bygone age. Warfare has now taken leave of the meat-grinder age of Verdun-like



The appearance of precision-kill (accurate) weapons and non-lethal (non-fatal) weapons is a

turning point in the development of weapons, showing for the first time that weapons are

developing in a “kinder,” not a “stronger” direction. Precision-kill weapons can hit a target

precisely, reducing collateral casualties, and like a gamma knife which can excise a tumor with

hardly any bleeding, it has led to “surgical” strikes and other such new tactics, so that

inconspicuous combat actions can achieve extremely notable strategic results. For example, by

merely using one missile to track a mobile telephone signal, the Russians were able to still

forever the tough mouth of Dudayev, who was a headache, and at the same time eased the

enormous trouble that had been stirred up by tiny Chechnya. Non-lethal weapons can effectively

eliminate the combat capabilities of personnel and equipment without loss of life [19]. The trend

that is embodied in these weapons shows that mankind is in the process of overcoming its own

extreme thinking, beginning to learn to control the lethal power that it already has but which is

increasingly excessive. In the massive bombing that lasted more than a month during the Gulf

War, the loss of life among civilians in Iraq only numbered in the thousands [20], far less than in

the massive bombing of Dresden during World War II. Kinder weapons represent the latest

conscious choice of mankind among various options in the weapons arena by which, after the

weapons are infused with the element of new technology, the human component is then added,

thereby giving warfare an unprecedented kind-hearted hue. However, a kinder weapon is still a

weapon, and it does not mean that the demands of being kinder will reduce the battlefield

effectiveness of the weapon. To take away a tank’s combat capabilities one can use cannons or

missiles to destroy it, or a laser beam can be used to destroy its optical equipment or blind its

crew. On the battlefield, someone who is injured requires more care than someone who is killed.









and unmanned weapons can eliminate increasingly expensive protective facilities. Certainly

those developing kinder weapons have already done cold cost-effectiveness calculations of this.

Casualties can strip away an enemy’s combat capabilities, causing him to panic and lose the will

to fight, so this may be considered an extremely worthwhile way to achieve victory. Today, we

already have enough technology, and we can create many methods of causing fear which are

more effective, such as using a laser beam to project the image of injured followers against the

sky, which would be sufficient to frighten those soldiers who are devoutly religious. There are no

longer any obstacles to building this kind of weapon, it just requires that some additional

imagination be added to the technical element.


Kinder weapons represent a derivative of the new concept of weapons, while information

weapons are a prominent example of kinder weapons. Whether it involves electromagnetic

energy weapons for hard destruction or soft-strikes by computer logic bombs, network viruses,

or media weapons, all are focused on paralyzing and undermining, not personnel casualties.

Kinder weapons, which could only be born in an age of technical integration, may very well be

the most promising development trend for weapons, and at the same time they will bring about

forms of war or revolutions in military affairs which we cannot imagine or predict today. They

represent a change with the most profound implications in the history of human warfare to date,

and are the watershed between the old and the new forms of war. This is because their

appearance has been sufficient to put all the wars in the age of cold and hot weapons into the

“old” era. Nonetheless, we still cannot indulge in romantic fantasies about technology, believing

that from this point on war will become a confrontation like an electronic game, and even

simulated warfare in a computer room similarly must be premised upon a country’s actual overall

capabilities, and if a colossus with feet of clay comes up with ten plans for simulated warfare, it

will still not be sufficient to deter an enemy who is more powerful with regard to actual strength.

War is still the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, and even the

slightest innocence is not tolerated. Even if some day all the weapons have been made









completely humane, a kinder war in which bloodshed may be avoided is still war. It may alter

the cruel process of war, but there is no way to change the essence of war, which is one of

compulsion, and therefore it cannot alter its cruel outcome, either.




[1] Engels said, “In the age of barbarism, the bow and arrow was still a decisive weapon, the

same as the iron sword in an uncivilized age and firearms in the age of civilization.” (Collected

Works of Marx and Engels, Vol. 4, People’s Press, 1972, p. 19)


With regard to how stirrups altered the mode of combat, we can refer to the translation and

commentary by Gu Zhun [7357 0402] of an article entitled “Stirrups and Eeudalism — Does

Technology Create History?” “Stirrups. ..immediately made hand-to-hand combat possible, and

this was a revolutionary new mode of combat… very seldom had there been an invention as

simple as the stirrup, but very seldom did it play the kind of catalytic role in history that this

did.” “Stirrups resulted in a series of military and social revolutions in Europe.” (Collected

Works of Gu Zhun, Guizhou People’s Press, 1994, pp 293-309).


[2] “Compared to the development of any advanced new weapons technology, the invention of

the rifle and the conical bullet between 1850-1860 had the most profound and immediate


revolutionary impact The impact on their age of high-explosive bombs, airplanes, and tanks,


which appeared in the 20th century, certainly does not compare to that of the rifle at the time.”

Eor details, see T. N. Dupuy’s The Evolution of Weapons and Warfare, part 3, section 21,


“Rifles, Conical Bullets, and Dispersed Eormations.” (Military Science Publishing House, 1985,

pp 238-250).


[3] In the engagement of the Somme river in World War I, on 1 July 1916 the English forces

launched an offensive against the Germans, and the Germans used Maxim machine guns to strafe

the English troops, which were in a tight formation, resulting in 60,000 casualties in one day.

Erom that point, mass formation charges gradually began to retreat from the battlefield.









(Weapons and War — The Historical Evolution of Military Technology, Liu Jifeng [0491 2060

6912], University of Science and Technology for National Defense Publishing House, 1992, pp



[4] If Wiener’s views on war game machines are not taken as the earliest discussion of

information weapons. Then, a comment by Tom Luona [as published 5012 6719] in 1976 to the

effect that information warfare is a “struggle among decision-making systems” makes him the

first to come up with the term “information warfare” (U.S., Military Intelligence magazine, 1997,

Jan-Mar issue, Douglas Dearth, “Implications, Characteristics, and Impact of Information

Warfare”). Through independent research, in 1990, Shen Weiguang [3088 0251 0342], a young

scholar in China who has over ten years of military service, published Information Warfare,

which is probably the earliest monograph on information warfare. On the strength of his Third

Wave, in another best-seller entitled Power Shift, Toffler gave information warfare a global look,

while the Gulf War happened along to become the most splendid advertisement for this new

concept of combat. At that point, discussing “information warfare” became fashionable.


[5] Foreign experts hold that “high technology” is not a completely fixed concept and that it is

also a dynamic concept, with different countries emphasizing high technology differently.

Military high technology mainly includes military microelectronic device technology, computer

technology, optoelectric technology, aerospace technology, biotechnology, new materials

technology, stealth technology, and directed-energy technology. The most important

characteristic of military high technology is “integration,” i.e., each military high technology is

made up of various technologies to form a technology group. (For details, see “Foreign Military

Data,” Academy of Military Sciences, Foreign Military Research Dept., No. 69, 1993).


[6] Regarding the definition of “information warfare,” to date opinions still vary. The definition

by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff is: Actions taken to interfere

with the enemy’s information, information processing, information systems, and computer

networks to achieve information superiority over the enemy, while protecting one’s own









information, information processing, information systems, and computer networks. According to

U.S. Army Field Manual FMlOO-6, “the DOD’s understanding of information warfare leans

toward the effects of information in actual conflicts,” while the Army’s understanding is that

“information has already permeated every aspect, from peacetime to military actions in global

warfare” (Military Science Publishing House, Chinese translation, pp 24-25). “In a broad sense,

information warfare constitutes actions which use information to achieve national goals.” That is

the definition given to information warfare by George Stein, a professor at the U.S. Air

University, reflecting a somewhat broader vision than that of the Army. In an article in the 1997

summer edition of “Joint Force Quarterly,” Col. Brian Fredericks proposed that “information

warfare is a national issue that goes beyond the scope of national defense,” and perhaps this is

the most accurate description of information warfare in the broad sense.


[7] Running precisely counter to the situation in which the implications of the concept of

“information warfare” are getting broader and broader, some of the smart young officers in the

U.S. military are increasingly questioning the concept of “information warfare.” Air Force Lt.

Col. James Rogers points out that “information warfare really isn’t anything new.. .whether or not

those who assert that information warfare techniques and strategies will inevitably replace ‘armed

warfare’ are a bit too self-confident.” (U.S. Marines magazine , April, 1997). Navy Lieutenant

Robert Guerli [as published 0657 1422 0448] proposed that “the seven areas of misunderstanding

with regard to information warfare are: (1) the overuse of analogous methods; (2) exaggerating

the threat; (3) overestimating one’s own strength; (4) historical relevance and accuracy; (5)

avoiding criticism of anomalous attempts; (6) totally unfounded assumptions; and (7) non-

standard definitions.” (U.S., Events magazine, Sep 97 issue). Air Force Major Yulin Whitehead

wrote in the fall 1997 issue of Airpower Journal that information is not all-powerful, and that

information weapons are not “magic weapons.” Questions about information warfare are

definitely not limited to individuals, as the U.S. Air Force document “The Foundations of

Information Warfare” makes a strict distinction between “warfare in the information age” and









“information warfare.” It holds that “warfare in the information age” is warfare which uses

computerized weapons, such as using a cruise missile to attack a target, whereas “information

warfare” treats information as an independent realm and a powerful weapon. Similarly, some

well-known scholars have also issued their own opinions. Johns Hopkins University professor

Eliot Cohen reminds us that “just as nuclear weapons did not result in the elimination of

conventional forces, the information revolution will not eliminate guerilla tactics, terrorism, or

weapons of mass destruction.”


[8] Macromolecular systems designed and produced using biotechnology represent the

production materials for even higher order electronic components. For example, protein

molecule computers have computation speeds and memory capabilities hundreds of millions of

times greater than our current computers. (New Military Perspectives for the Next Century,

Military Science Publishing House, 1997 edition, pp 142-145).


[9] Even in the Gulf War, which has been termed a testing ground for the new weapons, there

were quite a few old weapons and conventional munitions which played important roles. (For

details, see “The Gulf War — U.S. Department of Defense Final Report to Congress —



[10] Starting with “Air-Fand Battle,” weapons development by the U.S. military has mainly been

divided into five stages: Propose requirements, draft a plan, proof of concept, engineering

development and production, and outfitting the units. Development regarding the equipping of

digitized units is following this same path. (U.S. Army magazine, Oct 1995). In March, 1997, the

U.S. Army conducted a brigade-size high-level combat test, testing a total of 58 kinds of

digitized equipment. (U.S. Army Times, 31 March, 7 April, 28 April 1997). According to John

  1. Wilson, commander of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command, his mission is to cooperate with

the Training and Doctrine Command, thinking up and developing bold and novel advanced

technology equipment for them which meets their needs. (U.S., Army magazine, October 1997).









[11] Slipchenko [si li pu qin ke 2448 0448 2528 3830 4430], chairman of the Dept, of Scientific

Research at the Russian General Staff Academy, believes that war and weapons have already

gone through five ages, and we are now heading toward the sixth. (Zhu Xiaoli, Zhao Xiaozhuo,

The New U.S. and Russian Military Revolution, Military Science Publishing House, 1996

edition, p 6).


[12] The Journal of the National Defense University, No. 11, 1998, carried an article on Chen

Bojiang’s interview of Philip Odeen, chairman of the U.S. National Defense Panel. Odeen

mentioned “asymmetrical warfare” several times, believing that this is a new threat to the United

States. Antulio Echevarria published an article in Parameters magazine in which he proposed that

“in the post-industrial age, the thing that will still be most difficult to deal with will be a ‘people’s



[13] U.S. defense specialists believe that Orgakov already saw that electronic technology would

result in a revolution in conventional weapons, and that they would replace nuclear weapons

with respect to their effects. However, Orgakov’s foresight and wisdom with regard to the issue

of a revolution in military affairs ran aground because of structural problems. “If, in keeping up

with the extremely high costs of the revolution in military affairs, a country exceeds the limits

that can be borne by its system and material conditions, but it keeps engaging in military power

contests with its opponents, the only outcome can be that they will fall further behind with regard

to the military forces that they can use. This was the fate of Russia during the czarist and Soviet

eras: the Soviet Union undertook military burdens that were difficult to bear, while in turn the

military was unwilling to accept the need for strategic retrenchment.” (See U.S., Strategic

Review magazine, spring 1996, Steven Blank, “Preparing for the Next War: Some Views on the

Revolution in Military Affairs”).


[14] In 1981, the U.S. Air Force estimated that it could produce 132 B-2s with an investment of

$22 billion. However, eight years later, this money had only produced one B-2. Based on its









value per unit weight, one B-2 is worth three times its weight in gold. (See Modern Military, No.

8, 1998, p 33, and Zhu Zhihao’s Analysis of U.S. Stealth Technology Policy.)


[15] The U.S. Dept, of Defense conducted an analysis of the 13 January 1993 air attack on Iraq

and believes that there are numerous limitations to high-tech weapons, and that the effect of the

combined effect bombs was at times better than that of precision bombs. (U.S., Aviation Week

and Space Technology, 25 January 93).


[16] New-concept weapons primarily include kinetic-energy weapons, directed-energy weapons,

subsonic weapons, geophysical weapons, meteorological weapons, solar energy weapons, and

gene weapons, etc. (New Military Perspectives for the Next Century, Military Science

Publishing House, 1997 edition, p 3).


[17] The point in substituting the concept of “ultra-lethal weapons” for the concept of “weapons

of mass destruction” is to stress that the lethal power of such weapons exceeds the needs of

warfare and represents a product of man’s extremist thinking.


[18] The “kind” in “kinder weapons” mainly refers to the fact that it reduces slaughter and

collateral casualties.


[19] The April 1993 issue of the British journal International Defense Review revealed that the

United States was energetically researching a variety of non-lethal weapons, including optical

weapons, high-energy microwave weapons, acoustic beam weapons, and pulsed chemical lasers.

The 6 March 1993 issue of Jane’s Defense Weekly reported that a high-level non-lethal weapons

steering committee at the Dept, of Defense had formulated a policy regulating the development,

procurement, and use of such weapons.


In addition, according to the 1997 World Military Yearbook (pp 521-522), the U.S. Dept, of

Defense has established a “non-lethal weapons research leading group,” whose goal is to see that

non-lethal weapons appear on the weapons inventory as soon as possible.


[20] See Military Science Publishing House Foreign Military Data, 26 March 1993, No. 27, p 3.









Chapter 2: The War God’s Face Has Become Indistinct


[pp. 34-59 in original]




“Throughout the Entire Course of History, Warfare is Always Changing.” —Andre Beaufre

Ever since early man went from hunting animals to slaughtering his own kind, people have been

equipping the giant war beast for action, and the desire to attain various goals has prompted

soldiers to become locked in bloody conflict. It has become universally accepted that warfare is a

matter for soldiers. Eor several thousand years, the three indispensable “hardware” elements of

any war have been soldiers, weapons and a battlefield. Running through them all has been the

“software” element of warfare: its purposefulness. Before now, nobody has ever questioned that

these are the basic elements of warfare. The problem comes when people discover that all of

these basic elements, which seemingly were hard and fast, have changed so that it is impossible

to get a firm grip on them. When that day comes, is the war god’s face still distinct?


Why Fight and for Whom?


In regard to the ancient Greeks, if the account in Homer’s epic is really trustworthy, the purpose

of the Trojan War was clear and simple: it was worth fighting a ten-year war for the beautiful

Helen. As far as their aims, the wars prosecuted by our ancestors were relatively simple in terms

of the goals to be achieved, with no complexity to speak of. This was because our ancestors had

limited horizons, their spheres of activity were narrow, they had modest requirements for

existence, and their weapons were not lethal enough. Only if something could not be obtained by

normal means would our ancestors generally resort to extraordinary measures to obtain it, and

then without the least hesitation. Just so, Clausewitz wrote his famous saying, which has been an

article of faith for several generations of soldiers and statesmen: “War is a continuation of

politics.” Our ancestors would fight perhaps for the orthodox status of a religious sect, or perhaps

for an expanse of pastureland with plenty of water and lush grass. They would not even have









scruples about going to war over, say, spices, liquor or a love affair between a king and queen.

The stories of wars over spices and sweethearts, and rebellions over things like rum, are recorded

in the pages of history— stories that leave us not knowing whether to laugh or cry. Then there is

the war that the English launched against the Qing monarchy for the sake of the opium trade.


This was national drug trafficking activity on probably the grandest scale in recorded history. It

is clear from these examples that, prior to recent times, there was just one kind of warfare in

terms of the kind of motive and the kind of subsequent actions taken. Moving to later times.

Hitler expounded his slogan of “obtaining living space for the German people,” and the Japanese

expounded their slogan of building the so called “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.”


While a cursory look at these slogans would suggest that the goals must have been somewhat

more complex than the goals of any previous wars, nevertheless the substance behind the slogans

was simply that the new great powers intended to once again carve up the spheres of influence of

the old great powers and to reap the benefits of seizing their colonies.


To assess why people fight is not so easy today, however. In former times, the ideal of

“exporting revolution” and the slogan of “checking the expansion of communism” were calls to

action that elicited countless responses. But especially after the conclusion of the Cold War,

when the Iron Curtain running all along the divide between the two great camps suddenly

collapsed, these calls have lost their effectiveness. The times of clearly drawn sides are over.

Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? These used to be the paramount questions in regard

to revolution and counterrevolution. Suddenly the answers have become complicated, confusing

and hard to get hold of. A country that yesterday was an adversary is in the process of becoming

a current partner today, while a country that once was an ally will perhaps be met on the

battlefield at the next outbreak of war. Eaq, which one year was still fiercely attacking Iran on

behalf of the U.S. in the Iran-Iraq War, itself became the target of a fierce attack by the U.S.

military in the next year (see Endnote 1). An Afghan guerilla trained by the CIA becomes the

latest target for an attack by U.S. cruise missiles overnight. Eurthermore, NATO members









Greece and Turkey have nearly come to blows several times in their dispute over Cyprus, and

Japan and South Korea, who have concluded a treaty of alliance, have come just short of an open

break as a result of their dispute over a tiny island. All of this serves to again confirm that old

saying: “all friendship is in flux; self-interest is the only constant.” The kaleidoscope of war is

turned by the hands of self-interest, presenting constantly shifting images to the observer.

Astonishing advances in modern advanced technology serve to promote globalization, further

intensifying the uncertainty associated with the dissolution of some perceived self-interests and

the emergence of others. The reason for starting a war can be anything from a dispute over

territory and resources, a dispute over religious beliefs, hatred stemming from tribal differences,

or a dispute over ideology, to a dispute over market share, a dispute over the distribution of

power and authority, a dispute over trade sanctions, or a dispute stemming from financial unrest.

The goals of warfare have become blurred due to the pursuit of a variety of agendas. Thus, it is

more and more difficult for people to say clearly just why they are fighting (see Endnote 2).

Every young lad that participated in the Gulf War will tell you right up front that he fought to

restore justice in tiny, weak Kuwait. However, the real reason for the war was perhaps far

different from the high-sounding reason that was given. Hiding under the umbrella furnished by

this high-sounding reason, they need not fear facing the light directly. In reality, every country

that participated in the Gulf War decided to join “Desert Storm” only after carefully thinking

over its own intentions and goals. Throughout the whole course of the war, all of the Western

powers were fighting for their oil lifeline. To this primary goal, the Americans added the

aspiration of building a new world order with “USA” stamped on it. Perhaps there was also a bit

of missionary zeal to uphold justice. In order to eliminate a threat that was close at hand, the

Saudi Arabians were willing to smash Muslim taboos and “dance with wolves.” Erom start to

finish, the British reacted enthusiastically to President Bush’s every move, in order to repay

Uncle Sam for the trouble he took on their behalf in the Malvinas Islands War. The Trench, in

order to prevent the complete evaporation of their traditional influence in the Middle East, finally









sent troops to the Gulf at the last moment. Naturally, there is no way that a war prosecuted under

these kinds of conditions can be a contest fought over a single objective. The aggregate of the

self-interests of all the numerous countries participating in the war serves to transform a modern

war like “Desert Storm” into a race to further various self-interests under the banner of a

common interest. Thus, so-called “common interest” has become merely the war equation’s

largest common denominator that can be accepted by every allied party participating in the war

effort. Since different countries will certainly be pursuing different agendas in a war, it is

necessary to take the self-interest of every allied party into consideration if the war is to be

prosecuted jointly. Even if we consider a given country’s domestic situation, each of the various

domestic interest groups will also be pursuing its own agenda in a war. The complex

interrelationships among self-interests make it impossible to pigeonhole the Gulf War as having

been fought for oil, or as having been fought for the new world order, or as having been fought

to drive out the invaders. Only a handful of soldiers are likely to grasp a principle that every

statesman already knows: that the biggest difference between contemporary wars and the wars of

the past is that, in contemporary wars, the overt goal and the covert goal are often two different



Where to Fight?


“To the battlefield!” The young lad with a pack on his back takes leave of his family as his

daughters and other relatives see him off with tears in their eyes. This is a classic scene in war

movies. Whether the young lad is leaving on a horse, a train, a steamship or a plane is not so

important. The important thing is that the destination never changes: it is the battlefield bathed in

the flames of war.


During the long period of time before firearms, battlefields were small and compact. A face-off

at close quarters between two armies might unfold on a small expanse of level ground, in a

mountain pass, or within the confines of a city. In the eyes of today’s soldier, the battlefield that









so enraptured the ancients is a “point” target on the military map that is not particularly

noteworthy. Such a battlefield is fundamentally incapable of accommodating the spectacle of

war as it has unfolded in recent times on such a grand scale. The advent of firearms led to

dispersed formations, and the “point” [“dian” 7820] type battlefield was gradually drawn out into

a line of skirmishers. The trench warfare of the First World War, with lines extending hundreds

of miles, served to bring the “point” and “line” [“xian” 4775] type battlefield to its acme. At the

same time, it transformed the battlefield into an “area” [“mian” 7240] type battlefield which was

several dozens of miles deep. For those who went to war during those times, the new battlefield

meant trenches, pillboxes, wire entanglements, machine guns and shell craters. They called war

on this type of battlefield, where heavy casualties were inflicted, a “slaughterhouse” and a “meat

grinder.” The explosive development of military technology is constantly setting the stage for

further explosive expansion of the battlespace. The transition from the “point” type battlefield to

the “line” type battlefield, and the transition from the two-dimensional battlefield to the three-

dimensional battlefield did not take as long as people generally think. One could say that, in each

case, the latter stage came virtually on the heels of the former. When tanks began roaring over

military trenches, prop airplanes were already equipped with machine guns and it was already

possible to drop bombs from zeppelins. The development of weapons cannot, in and of itself,

automatically usher in changes in the nature of the battlefield. In the history of warfare, any

significant advance has always depended in part on active innovating by military strategists. The

battlefield, which had been earthbound for several thousand years, was suddenly lifted into three

dimensional space. This was due in part to General J.F.C. Fuller’s Tanks in the Great War of

1914-1918 and Giulio Douhet’s The Command of the Air, as well as the extremely deep

operations that were proposed and demonstrated under the command of Marshall Mikhail N.

Tukhachevsky. Erich Ludendorff was another individual who attempted to radically change the

nature of the battlefield. He put forth the theory of “total war” and tried to combine battlefield

and non-battlefield elements into one organic whole. While he was not successful, he









nevertheless was the harbinger of similar military thought that has outlived him for more than

half a century. Ludendorff was destined only to fight at battlefields like Verdun and the Masurian

Lakes. A soldier’s fate is determined by the era in which he lives. At that time, the wingspan of

the war god could not extend any farther than the range of a Krupp artillery piece. Naturally,

then, it was impossible to fire a shell that would pass through the front and rear areas on its

parabolic path. Hitler was more fortunate than Ludendorff. 20 years later, he had long range

weapons at his disposal. He utilized bombers powered by Mercedes engines and V-1 and V-2

guided missiles and broke the British Isles’ record of never having been encroached upon by an

invader. Hitler, who was neither a strategist nor a tactician, relied on his intuition and made the

line of demarcation between the front and rear less prominent in the war, but he never really

understood the revolutionary significance of breaking through the partition separating battlefield

elements from non-battlefield elements. Perhaps this concept was beyond the ken of an out-and-

out war maniac and half-baked military strategist.


This revolution, however, will be upon us in full force soon enough. This time, technology is

again running ahead of the military thinking. While no military thinker has yet put forth an

extremely wide-ranging concept of the battlefield, technology is doing its utmost to extend the

contemporary battlefield to a degree that is virtually infinite: there are satellites in space, there

are submarines under the water, there are ballistic missiles that can reach anyplace on the globe,

and electronic countermeasures are even now being carried out in the invisible electromagnetic

spectrum space. Even the last refuge of the human race— the inner world of the heart— cannot

avoid the attacks of psychological warfare. There are nets above and snares below, so that a

person has no place to flee. All of the prevailing concepts about the breadth, depth and height of

the operational space already appear to be old-fashioned and obsolete. In the wake of the

expansion of mankind’s imaginative powers and his ability to master technology, the battlespace

is being stretched to its limits.









In spite of the situation described above, in military thinking, which is being drawn along by

technology, there is still an unwillingness to simply stand still. Since technology has already

served to open up more promising prospects for military thought, it is certainly not sufficient to

simply expand the area of the battlefield in conventional “mesoscopic” [i.e., between

macroscopic and microscopic] space. It is already clear that mechanical enlargement of the

existing battlefield will not be the modus operand! for future battlefield change. The opinion that

“the future battlefield expansion trend will be reflected in wars that are prosecuted in deeper

parts of the oceans and at higher elevations in outer space” is merely a superficial point of view

and conclusion that restricts itself to the level of general physics. The really revolutionary

battlefield change stems from the expansion of the “non-natural space” [“feiziran kongjian” 7236

5261 3544 4500 7035]. There is no way that the electromagnetic spectrum space can be regarded

as a battlespace in the former conventional sense. The electromagnetic spectrum space is a

different kind of battlespace that stems from technological creativity and depends on technology.

In this type of “man-made space,” or “technological space” [see Endnote 3], the concepts of

length, width and height, or of land, sea, air and outer space, have all lost their significance. This

is because of the special properties of electromagnetic signals whereby they can permeate and

control conventional space without occupying any of this space. We can anticipate that every

major alteration or extension of the battlespace of the future will depend on whether a certain

kind of technological invention, or a number of technologies in combination, can create a brand

new technological space. The “network space” is now drawing widespread attention among

modern soldiers. Network space is a technological space that is formed by a distinctive

combination of electronics technology, information technology and the application of specific

designs. If one maintains that a war prosecuted in this space is still a war in which people control

the outcome, then the “nanometer space” which is emerging hard on the heals of the network

space, bodes well for the realization of mankind’s dream— a war without the direct involvement

of people. Some extremely imaginative and creative soldiers are just now attempting to introduce









these battlespaces, comprised of new technologies, into the warfare of the future. The time for a

fundamental change in the battlefield— the arena of war— is not far off. Before very long, a

network war or a nanometer war might become a reality right in our midst, a type of war that

nobody even imagined in the past. It is likely to be very intense, but with practically no

bloodshed. Nevertheless, it is likely to determine who is the victor and who the vanquished in an

overall war. In more and more situations, this type of warfare will go along hand-in-hand with

traditional warfare. The two types of battlespaces— the conventional space and the technological

space— will overlap and intersect with each other, and will be mutually complementary as each

develops in its own way. Thus, warfare will simultaneously evolve in the macroscopic,

“mesoscopic,” and microscopic spheres, as well as in various other spheres defined by their

physical properties, which will all ultimately serve to make up a marvelous battlefield

unprecedented in the annals of human warfare. At the same time, with the progressive breaking

down of the distinction between military technology and civilian technology, and between the

professional soldier and the non-professional warrior, the battlespace will overlap more and more

with the non-battlespace, serving also to make the line between these two entities less and less

clear. Fields that were formerly isolated from each other are being connected. Mankind is

endowing virtually every space with battlefield significance. All that is needed is the ability to

launch an attack in a certain place, using certain means, in order to achieve a certain goal. Thus,

the battlefield is omnipresent. Just think, if it’s even possible to start a war in a computer room or

a stock exchange that will send an enemy country to its doom, then is there non-battlespace



If that young lad setting out with his orders should ask today: “Where is the battlefield?” The

answer would be: “Everywhere.”


Who Fights?









In 1985, China implemented a “Massive Million Troop Drawdown” in its armed forces. With

this as a prelude, every major nation in the world carried out round after round of force

reductions over the next dozen or so years. According to many commentators on military affairs,

the main factor behind the general worldwide force reductions is that, with the conclusion of the

Cold War, countries that formerly were pitted against each other are now anxious to enjoy the

peace dividend. Little do these commentators realize that this factor is just the tip of the iceberg.

The factors leading to armed forces reductions are by no means limited to this point. A deeper

reason for the force reductions is that, as the wave of information technology (IT) warfare

[“xinxihua zhanzheng” 0207 1873 0553 2069 3630] grows and grows, it would require too much

of an effort and would be too grandiose to set up a large-scale professional military, cast and

formed on the assembly lines of big industry and established according to the demands of

mechanized warfare. Precisely for this reason, during these force reductions, some farsighted

countries, rather than primarily having personnel cuts in mind, are instead putting more emphasis

on raising the quality of military personnel, increasing the amount of high technology and mid-

level technology in weaponry, and updating military thought and warfighting theory [see

Endnote 4]. The era of “strong and brave soldiers who are heroic defenders of the nation” has

already passed. In a world where even “nuclear warfare” will perhaps become obsolete military

jargon, it is likely that a pasty-faced scholar wearing thick eyeglasses is better suited to be a

modern soldier than is a strong young lowbrow with bulging biceps. The best evidence of this is

perhaps a story that is circulating in Western military circles regarding a lieutenant who used a

modem to bring a naval division to its knees [see Endnote 5]. The contrast between today’s

soldiers and the soldiers of earlier generations is as plain to see as the contrast which we have

already noted between modern weapons and their precursors. This is because modern soldiers

have gone through the severe test of an uninterrupted technological explosion throughout the

entire 100 years of the twentieth century, and perhaps also because of the salutary influence of

the worldwide pop culture; viz., rock and roll, discos, the World Cup, the NBA and Hollywood,









etc., etc. The contrast is stark whether we are talking about physical ability or intellectual ability.

Even though the new generation of soldiers born in the 70’s and 80’s has been trained using the

“beast barracks” style of training, popularized by West Point Military Academy, it is difficult for

them to shed their gentle and frail natures rooted in the soil of contemporary society. In addition,

modern weapons systems have made it possible for them to be far removed from any

conventional battlefield, and they can attack the enemy from a place beyond his range of vision

where they need not come face to face with the dripping blood that comes with killing. All of

this has turned each and every soldier into a self-effacing gentleman who would just as soon

avoid the sight of blood. The digital fighter is taking over the role formerly played by the “blood

and iron” warrior— a role that, for thousands of years, has not been challenged.


Now that it has come on the stage of action and has rendered obsolete the traditional divisions of

labor prevailing in a society characterized by big industry, warfare no longer is an exclusive

imperial garden where professional soldiers alone can mingle. A tendency towards

civilianization has begun to become evident [see Endnote 6]. Mao Zedong’s theory concerning

“every citizen a soldier” has certainly not been in any way responsible for this tendency. The

current trend does not demand extensive mobilization of the people. Quite the contrary, it merely

indicates that a technological elite among the citizenry have broken down the door and barged in

uninvited, making it impossible for professional soldiers with their concepts of professionalized

warfare to ignore challenges that are somewhat embarrassing. Who is most likely to become the

leading protagonist on the terra incognita of the next war? The first challenger to have appeared,

and the most famous, is the computer “hacker.” This chap, who generally has not received any

military training or been engaged in any military profession, can easily impair the security of an

army or a nation in a major way by simply relying on his personal technical expertise. A classic

example is given in the U.S. EM 100-6 Information Operations regulations. In 1994, a computer

hacker in England attacked the U.S. military’s Rome Air Development Center in New York

State, compromising the security of 30 systems. He also hacked into more than 100 other









systems. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and NASA suffered damage,

among others. What astounded people was not only the scale of those affected by the attack and

the magnitude of the damage, but also the fact that the hacker was actually a teenager who was

merely 16 years old. Naturally, an intrusion by a teenager playing a game cannot be regarded as

an act of war. The problem is, how does one know for certain which damage is the result of

games and which damage is the result of warfare? Which acts are individual acts by citizens and

which acts represent hostile actions by non-professional warriors, or perhaps even organized

hacker warfare launched by a state? In 1994, there were 230,000 security-related intrusions into

U.S. DOD networks. How many of these were organized destructive acts by non-professional

warriors? Perhaps there will never be any way of knowing [see Endnote 7].


Just as there are all kinds of people in society, so hackers come in all shapes and colors. All types

of hackers, with varying backgrounds and values, are hiding in the camouflage provided by

networks: curious middle school students; on-line gold diggers; corporate staff members nursing

a grudge; dyed-in-the-wool network terrorists; and network mercenaries. In their ideas and in

their actions, these kinds of people are poles apart from each other, but they gather together in

the same network world. They go about their business in accordance with their own distinctive

value judgments and their own ideas of what makes sense, while some are simply confused and

aimless. Eor these reasons, whether they are doing good or doing ill, they do not feel bound by

the rules of the game that prevail in the society at large. Using computers, they may obtain

information by hook or by crook from other people’s accounts. They may delete someone else’s

precious data, that was obtained with such difficulty, as a practical joke. Or, like the legendary

lone knight-errant, they may use their outstanding on-line technical skills to take on the evil

powers that be. The Suharto government imposed a strict blockade on news about the organized

aggressive actions against the ethnic Chinese living in Indonesia. The aggressive actions were

first made public on the Internet by witnesses with a sense of justice. As a result, the whole

world was utterly shocked and the Indonesian government and military were pushed before the









bar of morality and justice. Prior to this, another group of hackers calling themselves “Milworm”

put on another fine performance on the Internet. In order to protest India’s nuclear tests, they

penetrated the firewall of the network belonging to India’s [Bhabha] Atomic Research Center

(BARC), altered the home page, and downloaded 5 MB of data. These hackers could actually be

considered polite. They went only to a certain point and no further, and did not give their

adversary too much trouble. Aside from the direct results of this kind of action, it also has a great

deal of symbolic significance: in the information age, the influence exerted by a nuclear bomb is

perhaps less than the influence exerted by a hacker.


More murderous than hackers— and more of a threat in the real world— are the non-state

organizations, whose very mention causes the Western world to shake in its boots. These

organizations, which all have a certain military flavor to a greater or lesser degree, are generally

driven by some extreme creed or cause, such as: the Islamic organizations pursuing a holy war;

the Caucasian militias in the U.S.; the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult; and, most recently, terrorist

groups like Osama bin Ladin’s, which blew up the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The

various and sundry monstrous and virtually insane destructive acts by these kinds of groups are

undoubtedly more likely to be the new breeding ground for contemporary wars than is the

behavior of the lone ranger hacker. Moreover, when a nation state or national armed force,


(which adheres to certain rules and will only use limited force to obtain a limited goal), faces off

with one of these types of organizations, (which never observe any rules and which are not afraid

to fight an unlimited war using unlimited means), it will often prove very difficult for the nation

state or national armed force to gain the upper hand.


During the 1990’s, and concurrent with the series of military actions launched by non-

professional warriors and non-state organizations, we began to get an inkling of a non-military

type of war which is prosecuted by yet another type of non-professional warrior. This person is

not a hacker in the general sense of the term, and also is not a member of a quasi-military

organization. Perhaps he or she is a systems analyst or a software engineer, or a financier with a









large amount of mobile capital or a stock speculator. He or she might even perhaps be a media

mogul who controls a wide variety of media, a famous columnist or the host of a TV program.

His or her philosophy of life is different from that of certain blind and inhuman terrorists.

Frequently, he or she has a firmly held philosophy of life and his or her faith is by no means

inferior to Osama bin Ladin’s in terms of its fanaticism. Moreover, he or she does not lack the

motivation or courage to enter a fight as necessary. Judging by this kind of standard, who can say

that George Soros is not a financial terrorist?


Precisely in the same way that modern technology is changing weapons and the battlefield, it is

also at the same time blurring the concept of who the war participants are. From now on, soldiers

no longer have a monopoly on war.


Global terrorist activity is one of the by-products of the globalization trend that has been ushered

in by technological integration. Non-professional warriors and non-state organizations are posing

a greater and greater threat to sovereign nations, making these warriors and organizations more

and more serious adversaries for every professional army. Compared to these adversaries,

professional armies are like gigantic dinosaurs which lack strength commensurate to their size in

this new age. Their adversaries, then, are rodents with great powers of survival, which can use

their sharp teeth to torment the better part of the world.


What Means and Methods Are Used to Fight?


There’s no getting around the opinions of the Americans when it comes to discussing what means

and methods will be used to fight future wars. This is not simply because the U.S. is the latest

lord of the mountain in the world. It is more because the opinions of the Americans on this

question really are superior compared to the prevailing opinions among the military people of

other nations. The Americans have summed up the four main forms that warfighting will take in

the future as: 1) Information warfare; 2) Precision warfare [see Endnote 8]; 3) Joint operations

[see Endnote 9]; and 4) Military operations other than war (MOOTW) [see Endnote 10]. This









last sentence is a mouthful. From this sentence alone we can see the highly imaginative, and yet

highly practical, approach of the Americans, and we can also gain a sound understanding of the

warfare of the future as seen through the eyes of the Americans. Aside from joint operations,

which evolved from traditional cooperative operations and coordinated operations, and even Air-

Land operations, the other three of the four forms of warfighting can all be considered products

of new military thinking. General Gordon R. Sullivan, the former Chief of Staff of the U.S.


Army, maintained that information warfare will be the basic form of warfighting in future

warfare. For this reason, he set up the best digitized force in the U.S. military, and in the world.

Moreover, he proposed the concept of precision warfare, based on the perception that “there will

be an overall swing towards information processing and stealthy long-range attacks as the main

foundations of future warfare.” For the Americans, the advent of new, high-tech weaponry, such

as precision-guided weapons, the Global Positioning System (GPS), C4I systems and stealth

airplanes, will possibly allow soldiers to dispense with the nightmare of attrition warfare.

Precision warfare, which has been dubbed “non-contact attack” by the Americans, and “remote

combat” by the Russians [see Endnote 11], is characterized by concealment, speed, accuracy, a

high degree of effectiveness, and few collateral casualties. In wars of the future, where the

outcome will perhaps be decided not long after the war starts, this type of tactic, which has

already showed some of its effectiveness in the Gulf War, will probably be the method of choice

that will be embraced most gladly by U.S. generals. However, the phrase that really demonstrates

some creative wording is not “information warfare” or “precision warfare,” but rather the phrase

“military operations other than war.” This particular concept is clearly based on the “world’s

interest,” which the Americans are constantly invoking, and the concept implies a rash

overstepping of its authority by the U.S. —a classic case of the American attitude that “I am

responsible for every place under the sun.” Nevertheless, such an assessment does not by any

means stifle our praise of this concept because, after all, for the first time it permits a variety of

measures that are needed to deal comprehensively with the problems of the 20th and 21st









centuries to be put into this MOOTW box, so that soldiers are not likely to be in the dark and at a

loss in the world that lies beyond the battlefield. Thus, the somewhat inferior “thought antennae”

of the soldiers will be allowed to bump up against the edges of a broader concept of war. Such

needed measures include peacekeeping, efforts to suppress illicit drugs, riot suppression, military

aid, arms control, disaster relief, the evacuation of Chinese nationals residing abroad, and

striking at terrorist activities. Contact with this broader concept of war cannot but lessen the

soldiers’ attachment to the MOOTW box itself. Ultimately, they will not be able to put the brand

new concept of “non-military war operations” into the box. When this occurs, it will represent an

understanding that has genuine revolutionary significance in terms of mankind’s perception of



The difference between the concepts of “non-military war operations” and “military operations

other than war” is far greater than a surface reading would indicate and is by no means simply a

matter of changing the order of some words in a kind of word game. The latter concept,

MOOTW, may be considered simply an explicit label for missions and operations by armed

forces that are carried out when there is no state of war. The former concept, “non-military war

operations,” extends our understanding of exactly what constitutes a state of war to each and

every field of human endeavor, far beyond what can be embraced by the term “military

operations.” This type of extension is the natural result of the fact that human beings will use

every conceivable means to achieve their goals. While it seems that the Americans are in the lead

in every field of military theory, they were not able to take the lead in proposing this new

concept of war. However, we cannot fail to recognize that the flood of U.S. -style pragmatism

around the world, and the unlimited possibilities offered by new, high technology, were

nevertheless powerful forces behind the emergence of this concept.


So, which [of many kinds of unconventional] means, which seem totally unrelated to war, will

ultimately become the favored minions of this new type of war— “the non-military war

operation”— which is being waged with greater and greater frequency all around the world?









Trade War: If one should note that, about a dozen years ago, “trade war” was still simply a

descriptive phrase, today it has really become a tool in the hands of many countries for waging

non-military warfare. It can be used with particularly great skill in the hands of the Americans,

who have perfected it to a fine art. Some of the means used include: the use of domestic trade

law on the international stage; the arbitrary erection and dismantling of tariff barriers; the use of

hastily written trade sanctions; the imposition of embargoes on exports of critical technologies;

the use of the Special Section 301 law; and the application of most-favored-nation (MFN)

treatment, etc., etc. Any one of these means can have a destructive effect that is equal to that of a

military operation. The comprehensive eight-year embargo against Iraq that was initiated by the

U.S. is the most classic textbook example in this regard.


Financial War: Now that Asians have experienced the financial crisis in Southeast Asia, no one

could be more affected by “financial war” than they have been. No, they have not just been

affected; they have simply been cut to the very quick! A surprise financial war attack that was

deliberately planned and initiated by the owners of international mobile capital ultimately served

to pin one nation after another to the ground— nations that not long ago were hailed as “little

tigers” and “little dragons.” Economic prosperity that once excited the constant admiration of the

Western world changed to a depression, like the leaves of a tree that are blown away in a single

night by the autumn wind. After just one round of fighting, the economies of a number of

countries had fallen back ten years. What is more, such a defeat on the economic front

precipitates a near collapse of the social and political order. The casualties resulting from the

constant chaos are no less than those resulting from a regional war, and the injury done to the

living social organism even exceeds the injury inflicted by a regional war. Non-state

organizations, in this their first war without the use of military force, are using non-military

means to engage sovereign nations. Thus, financial war is a form of non-military warfare which

is just as terribly destructive as a bloody war, but in which no blood is actually shed. Financial

warfare has now officially come to war’s center stage— a stage that for thousands of years has









been occupied only by soldiers and weapons, with blood and death everywhere. We believe that

before long, “financial warfare” will undoubtedly be an entry in the various types of dictionaries

of official military jargon. Moreover, when people revise the history books on twentieth-century

warfare in the early 21st century, the section on financial warfare will command the reader’s

utmost attention [see Endnote 12]. The main protagonist in this section of the history book will

not be a statesman or a military strategist; rather, it will be George Soros. Of course, Soros does

not have an exclusive monopoly on using the financial weapon for fighting wars. Before Soros,

Helmut Kohl used the deutsche mark to breach the Berlin Wall— a wall that no one had ever been

able to knock down using artillery shells [see Endnote 13]. After Soros began his activities, Ei

Denghui [Ei Teng-hui 2621 4098 6540] used the financial crisis in Southeast Asia to devalue the

New Taiwan dollar, so as to launch an attack on the Hong Kong dollar and Hong Kong stocks,

especially the “red-chip stocks.” [Translator’s note: “red-chip stocks” refers to stocks of

companies listed on the Hong Kong stock market but controlled by mainland interests.] In

addition, we have yet to mention the crowd of large and small speculators who have come en

masse to this huge dinner party for money gluttons, including Morgan Stanley and Moody’s,

which are famous for the credit rating reports that they issue, and which point out promising

targets of attack for the benefit of the big fish in the financial world [see Endnote 14]. These two

companies are typical of those entities that participate indirectly in the great feast and reap the



In the summer of 1998, after the fighting in the financial war had been going on for a full year,

the war’s second round of battles began to unfold on an even more extensive battlefield, and this

round of battles continues to this day. This time, it was not just the countries of Southeast Asia,

(which had suffered such a crushing defeat during the previous year), that were drawn into the

war. Two titans were also drawn in— Japan and Russia. This resulted in making the global

economic situation even more grim and difficult to control. The blinding flames even set alight

the fighting duds of those who ventured to play with fire in the first place. It is reported that









Soros and his “Quantum Fund” lost not less than several billion dollars in Russia and Hong Kong

alone [see Endnote 15]. Thus we can get at least an inkling of the magnitude of financial war’s

destructive power. Today, when nuclear weapons have already become frightening mantlepiece

decorations that are losing their real operational value with each passing day, financial war has

become a “hyperstrategic” weapon that is attracting the attention of the world. This is because

financial war is easily manipulated and allows for concealed actions, and is also highly

destructive. By analyzing the chaos in Albania not long ago, we can clearly see the role played

by various types of foundations that were set up by transnational groups and millionaires with

riches rivaling the wealth of nation states. These foundations control the media, control subsidies

to political organizations, and limit any resistance from the authorities, resulting in a collapse of

national order and the downfall of the legally authorized government. Perhaps we could dub this

type of war “foundation-style” financial war. The greater and greater frequency and intensity of

this type of war, and the fact that more and more countries and non-state organizations are

deliberately using it, are causes for concern and are facts that we must face squarely.


New Terror War in Contrast to Traditional Terror War: Due to the limited scale of a traditional

terror war, its casualties might well be fewer than the casualties resulting from a conventional

war or campaign. Nevertheless, a traditional terror war carries a stronger flavor of violence.

Moreover, in terms of its operations, a traditional terror war is never bound by any of the

traditional rules of the society at large. From a military standpoint, then, the traditional terror war

is characterized by the use of limited resources to fight an unlimited war. This characteristic

invariably puts national forces in an extremely unfavorable position even before war breaks out,

since national forces must always conduct themselves according to certain rules and therefore are

only able to use their unlimited resources to fight a limited war. This explains how a terrorist

organization made up of just a few inexperienced members who are still wet behind the ears can

nevertheless give a mighty country like the U.S. headaches, and also why “using a sledgehammer

to kill an ant” often proves ineffective. The most recent proof is the case of the two explosions









that occurred simultaneously at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. The advent of

bin Ladin-style terrorism has deepened the impression that a national force, no matter how

powerful, will find it difficult to gain the upper hand in a game that has no rules. Even if a

country turns itself into a terrorist element, as the Americans are now in the process of doing, it

will not necessarily be able to achieve success.


Be that as it may, if all terrorists confined their operations simply to the traditional approach of

bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and plane hijackings, this would represent less than the

maximum degree of terror. What really strikes terror into people’s hearts is the rendezvous of

terrorists with various types of new, high technologies that possibly will evolve into new

superweapons. We already have a hint of what the future may hold— a hint that may well cause

concern. When Aum Shinrikyo followers discharged “Sarin” poison gas in a Tokyo subway, the

casualties resulting from the poison gas accounted for just a small portion of the terror. This

affair put people on notice that modern biochemical technology had already forged a lethal

weapon for those terrorists who would try to carry out the mass destruction of humanity [see

Endnote 16]. In contradistinction to masked killers that rely on the indiscriminate slaughter of

innocent people to produce terror, the “Ealange Armed Eorces” [Changqiangdang Wuzhuang

7022 2847 7825 2976 5944] group in Italy is a completely different class of high-tech terrorist

organization. Its goals are explicit and the means that it employs are extraordinary. It specializes

in breaking into the computer networks of banks and news organizations, stealing stored data,

deleting programs, and disseminating disinformation. These are classic terrorist operations

directed against networks and the media. This type of terrorist operation uses the latest

technology in the most current fields of study, and sets itself against humanity as a whole. We

might well call this type of operation “new terror war.”


Ecological War: Ecological war refers to a new type of non-military warfare in which modern

technology is employed to influence the natural state of rivers, oceans, the crust of the earth, the

polar ice sheets, the air circulating in the atmosphere, and the ozone layer. By methods such as









causing earthquakes and altering precipitation patterns, the atmospheric temperature, the

composition of the atmosphere, sea level height, and sunshine patterns, the earth’s physical

environment is damaged or an alternate local ecology is created. Perhaps before very long, a

man-made El Nino or La Nina effect will become yet another kind of superweapon in the hands

of certain nations and/or non-state organizations. It is more likely that a non-state organization

will become the prime initiator of ecological war, because of its terrorist nature, because it feels

it has no responsibility to the people or to the society at large, and because non-state

organizations have consistently demonstrated that they unwilling to play by the rules of the

game. Moreover, since the global ecological environment will frequently be on the borderline of

catastrophe as nations strive for the most rapid development possible, there is a real danger that

the slightest increase or decrease in any variable would be enough to touch off an ecological



Aside from what we have discussed above, we can point out a number of other means and

methods used to fight a non-military war, some of which already exist and some of which may

exist in the future. Such means and methods include psychological warfare (spreading rumors to

intimidate the enemy and break down his will); smuggling warfare (throwing markets into

confusion and attacking economic order); media warfare (manipulating what people see and hear

in order to lead public opinion along); drug warfare (obtaining sudden and huge illicit profits by

spreading disaster in other countries); network warfare (venturing out in secret and concealing

one’s identity in a type of warfare that is virtually impossible to guard against); technological

warfare (creating monopolies by setting standards independently); fabrication warfare

(presenting a counterfeit appearance of real strength before the eyes of the enemy); resources

warfare (grabbing riches by plundering stores of resources); economic aid warfare (bestowing

favor in the open and contriving to control matters in secret); cultural warfare (leading cultural

trends along in order to assimilate those with different views); and international law warfare

(seizing the earliest opportunity to set up regulations), etc., etc In addition, there are other types









of non-military warfare which are too numerous to mention. In this age, when the plethora of

new technologies can in turn give rise to a plethora of new means and methods of fighting war,

(not to mention the cross-combining and creative use of these means and methods), it would

simply be senseless and a waste of effort to list all of the means and methods one by one. What is

significant is that all of these warfighting means, along with their corresponding applications,

that have entered, are entering, or will enter, the ranks of warfighting means in the service of

war, have already begun to quietly change the view of warfare held by all of mankind. Faced

with a nearly infinitely diverse array of options to choose from, why do people want to enmesh

themselves in a web of their own making and select and use means of warfare that are limited to

the realm of the force of arms and military power? Methods that are not characterized by the use

of the force of arms, nor by the use of military power, nor even by the presence of casualties and

bloodshed, are just as likely to facilitate the successful realization of the war’s goals, if not more

  1. As a matter of course, this prospect has led to revision of the statement that “war is politics

with bloodshed,” and in turn has also led to a change in the hitherto set view that warfare

prosecuted through force of arms is the ultimate means of resolving conflict. Clearly, it is

precisely the diversity of the means employed that has enlarged the concept of warfare.


Moreover, the enlargement of the concept of warfare has, in turn, resulted in enlargement of the

realm of war-related activities. If we confine ourselves to warfare in the narrow sense on the

traditional battlefield now, it will very difficult for us to regain our foothold in the future. Any

war that breaks out tomorrow or further down the road will be characterized by warfare in the

broad sense— a cocktail mixture of warfare prosecuted through the force of arms and warfare that

is prosecuted by means other than the force of arms.


The goal of this kind of warfare will encompass more than merely “using means that involve the

force of arms to force the enemy to accept one’s own will.” Rather, the goal should be “to use all

means whatsoever— means that involve the force of arms and means that do not involve the force

of arms, means that involve military power and means that do not involve military power, means









that entail casualties and means that do not entail casualties— to force the enemy to serve one’s

own interests.”






  1. For more on the close relationship between Iraq and the U.S., the reader may refer to Desert

Warrior: A Personal View of the Gulf War by the Joint Forces Commander, Junshi Yiwen [65 1 1

0057 6146 2429] Publishing House, p. 212. “Iraq had established extremely close relations with

the United States. Iraq had received weapons and valuable intelligence regarding Iranian

movements from the U.S., as well as U.S. military support for attacks on Iran’s navy.”


  1. An article by the then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Les Aspin entitled “On the Sea Change in the

Security Environment” was published in the February, 1993, issue of The Officer magazine,

(published in the U.S.):


A Comparison of The New and the Old Security Environments


1 . In Regard to the Geopolitical Environment



Bipolar (rigid) Multipolar (complex)


Predictable Uncertain


Communism Nationalism and religious extremism


U.S. the number one Western power U.S. only the number one military power

Permanent alliances Temporary alliances

A paralyzed U.N. A dynamic U.N.


  1. In Regard to Threats Paced by the U.S.




Single (Soviet) Diverse


Threat to U.S. survival Threat to U.S. interests


Clear Unclear









Deterrable Non-deterrable




Europe-centered Other regions


High risk of escalation Little risk of escalation


Use of strategic nuclear weapons Terrorists using nuclear weapons


Overt Covert


  1. In Regard to the Use of Military Force



Attrition warfare Decisive attacks on key targets

War by proxy Direct reinforcement


Reliance primarily on high technology Integrated use of high, medium and low



Forward deployed Power projection


Forward based Home based


Host nation support Reliance on own strength


From the table above, one can see the sensitivity of the Americans to the changes in their

security environment, and also the various types of forces and factors that are constraining and

influencing the formation of the world’s new setup since the conclusion of the Cold War.


  1. “Technological space” is a new concept that we are proposing in order to distinguish this type

of space from physical space.


  1. According to the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Report for fiscal year 1998,

the number of U.S. military personnel has been cut by 32% since 1989. In addition, the U.S.

retired a large amount of obsolete equipment, thus actually increasing combat strength to some

degree even while large reductions in U.S. military personnel were being carried out. The U.S.

DOD issued its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) in May of 1997. The QDR emphasized

“taking the future into consideration and reforming the U.S. military.” It advocated continued









personnel cuts and building the U.S. military in accordance with new military affairs theories.

However, it also advocated comparatively greater expenditures for the purchase of equipment.


  1. This story first appeared in the British Sunday Telegraph. According to this report, the U.S.

military carried out a “Joint Warrior” exercise from Sep 18 until Sep 25, 1995, in order to test the

security of its national defense electronics systems. During the exercise, an Air Force officer

successfully hacked into the naval command system, (see The Network is King by Hu Yong

[5170 3144] and Fan Haiyan [5400 3189 3601], Hainan Publishing House, pp. 258-259.) There

are many similar stories, but there also are some military experts who believe that these are cases

of “throwing up a confusing mist before someone’s eyes.”


  1. In their book War and Anti-War, Alvin and Heidi Toffler wrote: “If the tools of warfare are no

longer tanks and artillery, but rather computer viruses and microrobots, then we can no longer

say that nations are the only armed groups or that soldiers are the only ones in possession of the

tools of war.” In his article entitled “What the Revolution in Military Affairs is Bringing— The

Form War Will Take in 2020,” a Colonel in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces by the name of

Shoichi Takama has noted that the civilianization of war will be an important characteristic of

21st century warfare.


  1. Many hackers are adopting a new tactic which might be styled “network guerrilla warfare.”


  1. Precision warfare is a new form of warfighting. It came about as a result of combining

increased weapons accuracy with increased battlefield transparency. (See “From Gettysburg to

the Gulf and Beyond,” by Colonel Richard J. Dunn III [McNair Paper 13, 1992], quoted in

World Military Affairs Yearbook for 1997, [1997 Nian Shijie Junshi Nianjian], published by the

PLA in Chinese, pp. 294-295.)


  1. “Joint Vision 2010,” a document prepared by the [Chairman of the] U.S. Joint Chiefs of

Staff/Joint Staff. See Joint Force Quarterly, Summer 1996.









  1. See the U.S. Army’s 1993 edition of Operations Essentials, [translator’s note: this probably

refers to FM 100-5, “Operations,” Department of the Army, June, 1993]. Consult ARMY

Magazine (U.S.), June, 1993.


  1. After his research on the Gulf War, the Russian tactical expert I.N. Vorobyev pointed out that

remote combat is a warfighting method that has great potential. (Military Thought, in Russian,

1992, #11.)


  1. There was an article entitled “Financial Markets are the Biggest Threat to Peace” in the

August 23, 1998, issue of the Fos Angeles Times. The article noted: “At present, financial

markets constitute the biggest threat to world peace, not terrorist training camps.” (See Reference

News [Cankao Xiaoxi 0639 5072 3194 1873], Beijing, September 7, 1998.)


  1. Who Has Joined the Fray?— Helmut Kohl, by Wang Jiannan [3769 0494 0589], China

Broadcasting Publishing House [in Chinese], 1997, pp. 275, 232, 357.


  1. An article entitled “A New York Corporation that Affects Economies” in the July 29, 1998,

issue of The Christian Science Monitor disclosed how Moody’s credit rating reports influence

and even manipulate economic trends in Italy, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. See Reference

News, August 20, 1998.


  1. Soros pours out all his bitterness in his book. The Crisis of Global Capitalism. On the basis

of a ghastly account of his investments in 1998, Soros analyzes the lessons to be learned from

this economic crisis.


  1. Some security experts in the U.S. have suggested to the government that it lay up large stores

of antidotes, in order to guard against a surprise chemical attack by a terrorist organization.









Chapter 3: A Classic That Deviates From the Classics


[pp. 60-86 in original]


“Did the special nature of the Gulf War.. .trigger ‘a revolution in military affairs’ or not? This is

ultimately a question of perspective.” — Anthony H. Cordesman, Abraham R. Wagner.


Compared to any war in history, the Gulf War can be considered a major war. More than 300

warships from six carrier groups, 4,000 aircraft, 12,000 tanks and 12,000 armored vehicles, and

nearly two million soldiers from more than 30 nations took part in the war. Of the 42-day war, 38

days were air strikes, while the ground war lasted only 100 hours. The U.S.-led multinational

force crushed 42 Iraqi divisions, and the Iraqi forces suffered 30,000 casualties and 80,000

prisoners; 3,847 tanks, 1,450 armored vehicles, and 2,917 artillery pieces were destroyed, while

the U.S. forces only lost 184 people, but incurred the enormous cost of $61 billion. [1]


Perhaps because victory was achieved so easily, to this day there are very few people in Uncle

Sam’s wildly jubilant group that have accurately evaluated the significance of the war. Some

hotheads used this to ceaselessly fabricate the myth that the United States was invincible, while

some who could still be considered cool-headed — most of whom were commentators and

generals unable to take part in “Desert Storm” in a complex and subtle frame of mind — believed

that “Desert Storm” was not a typical war [2] and that a war conducted under such ideal

conditions cannot serve as a model. When one listens to such talk it smacks somewhat of sour

grapes. Actually, viewed from a traditional perspective, “Desert Storm” was not a classic war in

the typical sense but [since it was a war conducted just as the greatest revolution in military

affairs in the history of man to date was arriving it cannot be measured with traditional or even

outmoded standards. At a time when new warfare required a new classic, the U.S. -led allied

forces created it right on time in the Gulf, and only those who were fettered by the old

conventions could not see its classic significance for future warfare. This is because the classics

for future warfare can only be born by departing from traditional models. We have no intention









of helping the Americans create a myth, but when “Desert Storm” unfolded and concluded for all

to see, with its many combatant countries, enormous scale, short duration, small number of

casualties, and glorious results startling the whole world, who could say that a classic war

heralding the arrival of warfare in the age of technical integration-globalization had not opened

wide the main front door to the mysterious and strange history of warfare – even though it was

still just a classic created by U.S. technology and the U.S. style of fighting?


When we attempt to use wars that have already occurred to discuss what constitutes war in the

age of technical integration-globalization, only “Desert Storm” can provide ready-made

examples. At present, in any sense it is still not just the only [example], but the classic

[example], and therefore it is the only apple that is worthy of our close analysis [the author

returns to the analysis of analyzing an apple later in the chapter].


The “Overnight” Alliance


From Saddam’s perspective, annexing Kuwait seemed more like a household matter in the

extended Arab family compared to the taking of American hostages during the Iranian

revolution, and besides, he had given notice ahead of time. However, he overlooked the

differences between the two. When Iran took the hostages, it was certainly a slap in the

Americans’ face, but Iraq had seized the entire West by the throat. Lifelines are naturally more

important than face, and the United States had no choice but to take it seriously, while other

countries which felt threatened by Iraq also had to take it seriously. In their alliance with the

United States, what most of the Arab countries had in mind was rooting out the Islamic heresy

represented by Saddam to keep him from damaging their own interests were he to grow stronger

unopposed, and it is very difficult to really say that they wanted to extend justice to Kuwait. [3]

The common concerns about their interests enabled the United States to weave an allied network

to catch Iraq very quickly. The Western powers are already thoroughly familiar with modern

international political skills, and the anti-Iraq alliance was assembled under the United Nations









banner. The halo of justice successfully dispelled the Arab people’s religious complex, so that

Saddam was playing the role of a modern-day Saladin, whose plan to launch a “holy war”

against the Christians fell through. Numerous countries volunteered to be responsible nodes in

this alliance network. Although they were unwilling, Germany and Japan finally seemed actually

happy to open their purses, and what was more important than providing money was that neither

of them lost the opportunity to send their own military personnel, thereby taking a stealthy and

symbolic step toward again becoming global powers. Egypt persuaded Libya and Jordan to be

neutral in the war and no longer support Iraq, so that Saddam became thoroughly isolated. Even

Gorbachev, who wanted to get the Americans’ support for his weak position domestically,

ultimately tacitly recognized the military strikes of the multinational forces against his old ally.

Even powers such as the United States must similarly rely on the support of its allies, and this

support was primarily manifested in providing legitimacy for its actions and in logistical support,

not in adding so many troops. The reason that President Bush’s policies were able to get

widespread approval from the American public was to a great extent due to the fact that he had

established an international alliance, thereby getting the people to believe that this was not a case

of pulling someone else’s chestnuts out of the fire, and it was not just the Americans who were

funding the war and preparing to have their blood spilled. They went so far as to send the VII

Corps from Germany to Saudi Arabia, mobilizing 465 trains, 312 barges, and 1 19 fleets from

four NATO countries. At the same time, Japan also provided the electronics parts urgently

needed by U.S. military equipment, and this further demonstrated the increasing reliance of the

United States on its allies. In the new age, “going it alone” is not only unwise, it is also not a

realistic option. [4] Eor example, the alliance formed a kind of common need. Erom the Security

Council’s Resolution 660 calling for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait to Resolution 678 which

authorized the member countries to take any actions, international society broadly identified

itself with the alliance which was temporarily cobbled together. One hundred and ten countries

took part in the embargo against Iraq, and more than 30 countries took part in the use of force.









including numerous Arab countries ! Obviously, every country had fully estimated where its

interests were prior to this action.


The full-scale intervention of the United Nations was not sufficient to make it possible for this

fragile and dew-laden spider-web like alliance, which was formed in a very short period of time,

to easily withstand the impact of a war. It can be said that, as far as the politicians were

concerned, the alliance was only a single high-level meeting following a careful weighing of

interests, a single contract signing, or even a verbal promise via a hot-line. However, for the

troops carrying out the allied warfare, no detail could be overlooked. To avoid having U.S.

soldiers violate Muslim commandments, in addition to stipulating that they must abide strictly by

the customs of the country in which they were stationed, the U.S. military even leased a “Cunard

Princess” yacht and anchored it at sea to provide Western-style amusements for the U.S troops.

To prevent the Israelis from retaliating against the “Scud” missile attacks and throwing the camp

which was assaulting Iraq into disorder, the United States made a tremendous effort to provide

the Israelis with air support, taking great pains to look after the alliance network.


More profoundly, the appearance of the “overnight” alliance brought an era to a close. That is,

the age of fixed-form alliances which had begun with the signing of the military alliance between

Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1879. Following the Cold War, the period in which alliances

were formed on the basis of ideology faded away, while the approach in which alliances are built

on interests rose to primacy. Under the general banner of realpolitik, in which national interests

are paramount, any alliance can only be focused more nakedly on interests, and at times they

don’t even feel like raising the banner of morality. Without a doubt, the alliance phenomenon

will continue to exist, but in more cases they will be loose and short-term interest coalitions.

Which is also to say that there will no longer be any alliances where only morality, not interests,

are involved. Different periods have different interests and goals, and that will be what

determines whether there are alliances or not. Increasingly pragmatic and unconstrained by any

moral fetters, this is the characteristic feature of modern alliances. All forces are united by a









network of interests, and they may be very short-lived but extremely effective. The interest

relationships of modern states, as well as among trans-national organizations and even among

regional forces have thus begun to be increasingly transitory. As the rock and roll singer Cui Jian

sings, “It’s not that I don’t understand, it is that this world is rapidly changing.” Today’s mode of

ever-changing combinations of force, along with the age of ever-changing technological

integration and globalization, has given rise to certain tacit alliances which are by no means

fortuitous. Therefore, the “overnight” alliance that was formed by the Gulf War formally opened

the curtain to a new alliance era.


Timely “Reorganization Act”


The supercilious Americans often engage in actions which cause them to reflect on their

mistakes, and this disposition, which would seem to be a contradiction, time and again amazes

those who want to witness the presumptuous Americans suffering. At the same time it also

enables the Americans to time and again reap considerable benefits. It truly seems as if the

Americans are always able to find the key to open the door of the next military action among the

lessons of each military action. Struggles between the views and interests of factions in the

armed services have been around for a long time, and this is so in every country. The

competition by the various armed services in the U.S. military to protect their own interests and

strive for glory is well known to all, and they are not equaled in this respect. In this regard, what

leaves a particular deep impression is that sixty years ago in combat with Japan, to emphasize the

roles of their own service arms, MacArthur and Nimitz each came up with a Pacific strategy.

Even President Roosevelt, who was circumspect and farsighted, had trouble balancing between

the two. Another thing that demonstrates this point is that the U.S. aircraft which bombed

Vietnam 30 years ago actually had to listen to commands from four different headquarters at the

same time, which is truly hard to believe. Up until about 15 years ago, there were separate and

independent command systems and it was not clear who was in authority, and this had disastrous









consequences for U.S. troops stationed in Beirut, as it led directly to approximately 200 Marines

losing their lives. However, even after he was made commander-in-chief of the allied forces

during “Desert Storm,” the problem that was exposed in Grenada was still fresh in the memory

of General Norman Schwarzkopf. When he was deputy commander of the joint task force during

the “Grenada” action, each of the service arms of the U.S. forces taking part in the action went its

own way. The question [raised by this action] was, during joint operations, just who listens to

whose commands?


It is somewhat ironic that this problem, which had troubled the U.S military for several decades,

was not overcome by generals who had experienced extensive combat or experts who were

steeped in statecraft, but was resolved by two congressmen named Goldwater and Nichols. The

“DOD Reorganization Act” [5] proposed by these two which was passed by Congress in 1986,

used the legislative approach to resolve the problem of unified command of the various armed

services during joint combat.


Next, there were issues left over which required a war. Neither too soon nor too late but just at

this time, Saddam foolishly launched his invasion of Kuwait and this was simply a heaven-sent

opportunity for the Americans who were anxious to test whether or not the “Reorganization Act”

would work. In that sense, rather than saying that the “Reorganization Act” was timely, it would

be better to say that the arrival of the Gulf War was timely.


Powell and Schwarzkopf were the lucky earliest beneficiaries of the “Reorganization Act” and at

the same time they also became the two most powerful generals in the history of American

warfare. As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Powell for the first time had clearly

attained the position of the President’s chief military adviser, which enabled him to take orders

directly from the President and the Secretary of Defense, as well as issue orders to the three

services based on that; and he no longer had to serve as the coordinator for the endless wrangling

that took place among the chiefs of staff of the armed services. As the battlefield commander,

Schwarzkopf was spared the nagging and held the real power in his hands. As for the incessant









chatter coming from the Pentagon, he was free to choose what to listen to and to do what he

wanted to do with the air of a general who is outside the country and somewhat beyond the

command of the monarch, while the great army swarming over the Gulf, as well as the satellites

in space and the frogmen under the water, all the way to each roll-on roll-off ship, had to submit

to his orders. This made it possible for him to exercise the trans-service authority granted to the

commander of the joint headquarters by the “DOD Reorganization Act” without any hesitation

when necessary. For example, when the front line Marine commanders urgently requested to

carry out an amphibious landing on the shores of Kuwait, he looked at the overall situation and

resolutely exercised his veto power, continuing to concentrate on operation “Left Hook,” the well

thought-out plan he had from the start.


That a law which had not been in effect for five years could be implemented so thoroughly in a

war that came along at the same time must be attributed to the contractual mentality of the

people in the legal society represented by the United States. Furthermore, the new pattern of

command which was derived from this became the most successful and fitting application of

military command since the services were divided. Its direct result was to reduce the levels of

command, implementing true entrusted command and causing the old deeply-rooted tree-

structure command system to start to evolve toward a network structure; and a side effect of this

evolution was to enable more combat units to share first-time battlefield information.


If the “Reorganization Act” is considered against the wider backdrop of the age, it is not difficult

to discover that this reorganization of the U.S. military was by no means a chance coincidence,

but was timely and in conformity with the natural demands the new age posed for the old

military command relations, that is, by recombining the service arm authority which was

originally dispersed, then on that basis generating a super-authority that overrode the authority of

all the service arms and which was concentrated on certain temporary goals, it became possible

to be more than equal to the task in any battlefield contest. The emergence of the

“Reorganization Act” in the United States and the effects it produced in the U.S. military are









food for thought, and any country which hopes to win a war in the 21st century must inevitably

face the option of either “reorganizing” or being defeated. There is no other way.


Going Further Than Air-Land Battle


“Air-land battle” was originally a strategy devised by the U.S. military to stymie the enemy when

dealing with the masses of Warsaw Pact tanks that could come pouring out like a flood at any

time onto the plains of Europe, but the military suffered from never having a chance to show

what it could do. The Gulf War provided a stage for a full performance by those in the U.S.

military, who were full of creativity and bloodlust, but the actual battlefield conditions were

quite a bit different from what people had envisioned beforehand. “Desert Storm” was basically

an “all-air,” no-“ground” campaign that lasted several dozen days, and they barely got to use

“Desert Sword,” which was displayed at the last moment, including that beautiful “left hook,” for

only 100 hours before wrapping things up in a huff. The ground war did not become the next-to-

last item on the program as hoped for by the Army, but was like a concerto which winds up

hastily after the first movement is played. [6] Douhet’s prediction that “the battlefield in the air

will be the decisive one” seems to have achieved belated confirmation. However, everything that

happened in the air over the Gulf far exceeded the imagination of this proponent of achieving

victory through the air. Whether in Kuwait or Iraq, none of the air combat involved gallant duels

for air supremacy, but represented an integrated air campaign that blended all the combat

operations, such as reconnaissance, early-warning, bombing, dogfights, communications,

electronic strikes, and command and control, etc., together, and it also included the struggle for

and occupation of outer space and cyberspace.


At this point, the Americans who proposed the “Air-land battle” concept have already gone quite

a bit further than Douhet, but even so, they will still have to wait several years before they

understand that, once they resort to the theory of integrated operations in real combat, the scope

will go far beyond what they initially envisioned, extending over a broad and all-inclusive range









that covers the ground, sea, air, space, and cyber realms. Although it will still require some time

to assimilate the results of the Gulf War, it is already destined to become the starting point for

the theory of “omni-dimensional” combat proposed by the elite of the U.S Army when they

suddenly woke up.


The interesting thing is that, while one may believe that the Americans’ insight came somewhat

late, this actually had no effect on their early acquisition of the key to “omni-dimensional

combat.” This is the famous “air tasking order.” [7] The “air tasking order,” which ran up to 300

pages every day, was drafted jointly by the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force and enabled

Schwarzkopf, the supreme commander of the allied forces who was from the Army himself, to

issue commands to the entire allied air force. It was the soul of the air campaign, and every day

selected the optimum strike targets for all the aircraft in keeping with the overall operational

strike plan. Everyday upwards of 1000 aircraft took off from the Arabian Peninsula, Spain,

England, and Turkey and, in keeping with the computer-processed “air tasking order,” launched

trans-service, trans-border, precise and coordinated air strikes. Although in the eyes of the Navy

this command program was overly “Air Eorce-oriented” — and because of this they even took the

petty approach of stealthily keeping behind some of their aircraft so they could be put to good

use when an opportunity for the Navy to shine presented itself (even though it never came) —

ultimately this program successfully organized the most massive and most complex air campaign

in the history of warfare.


Not only that, but the “air tasking order” also provided a model for a kind of organizational

command for all subsequent combat operations. One “order” represented an optimal scheme for

combining the combat forces among the service arms, and the complexity and success of its

trans-national combinations was where it really shone. In this respect alone, it was already far

beyond the range of what was envisioned by the architects of the “Air-land battle” theory. This is

to say that the U.S. soldiers unintentionally ushered the God of War into an open area in which

she had never set foot.









Who is the King of Land Warfare?


Isoroku Yamamoto was doubtless the most innovative and “extraordinarily talented” military

man of his age, and the use of aircraft carriers in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and the great

victory he achieved represent the stroke of genius he left on the history of naval combat. What is

hard to understand is that the same Yamamoto actually was unable to grasp the epoch-making

significance of his own creative tactics. After commanding the combined fleet in dealing a

severe blow to the U.S. Navy, he still held to the belief that only battleships were the main

decisive force at sea, once again throwing the key that would open the door to victory and that

was already in his grasp back into the vast waves of the Pacific ocean. While the first person to

make a mistake can still be an object of pity, the second person to make the same mistake is

simply incredibly stupid, particularly those people who make mistakes which have already been

made but which they are just unable to anticipate. What is regrettable is that in the history of war

there are frequent examples like this in which thinking lags behind acting. Just as with Isoroku

Yamamoto at that time, although the U.S. Army used helicopters to smash the Iraqi armored and

mechanized units, once the gunsmoke in the Gulf cleared it inexplicably reverted to its pre-war

level of thinking, shunting aside the helicopters which by all rights should have been the new

favorites in the war. It is said that during the entire ground war, other than one desperate fight put

up by the “Medina” armored division of the Republican Guard when it was surrounded south of

Basra by the U.S. VII Corps, there was hardly any tank warfare worthy of the name. However,

the Americans, who had clearly already used helicopters to inaugurate a new age in ground

warfare, [proceeded to] increase development outlays for other weapons, including tanks, while

appropriations for helicopters was the only thing cut back. Sticking to their outmoded ways, they

are still treating tanks as the decisive weapon in future ground warfare. [8]


Actually, as early as the Vietnam war, helicopters had begun to display their abilities in the

hands of the Americans, and soon afterward, the Soviet Union let helicopters show their









exceptional skills in the hilly regions of Afghanistan, as did the British in the Falkland Islands.

However, because their opponents were mainly guerrillas and non-armored infantry, it delayed

the challenge that helicopters would pose to tanks a full 20 years. The Gulf War finally gave

helicopters an opportunity to show what they could do. This time, not counting the helicopter

units of the allied forces, the U.S. military alone deployed 1,600 helicopters of various models to

the Gulf, and this enormous group of helicopters was sufficient to form one complete helicopter

army. However, at this time the Americans, who had all along boasted of their innovative spirit,

showed no originality at all, but just like the French who in World War II dispersed their tanks

and assigned them to the infantry, they had the helicopters serve as a force attached to the

armored and mechanized units and other troops. Fortunately, the helicopters, which were

destined to establish their name in this war, did not allow this to mask their royal demeanor.


Just as the Americans were praising the “Patriot”, the F-117, the “Tomahawk” missiles, and other

battlefield stars to the skies via CNN, the helicopters were unfairly given the cold shoulder (with

just the “Apache,” which was a favorite, getting passing marks). Other than the “Final Report to

Congress” written by the Department of Defense after the war, very few people still recall that it

was the helicopters, not some of the other favorite new weapons, that performed first-rate service

in “Desert Storm.” In the 20 minutes preceding the start of the continuous bombing, which lasted

more than a month, following a ground-hugging flight of several hours, the MH-53J and AH-64

helicopters used “Hellfire” missiles to carry out advance destruction of Iraqi early-warning radar,

opening a safe passage for the bomber groups and showing the incomparable penetration

capabilities of helicopters. As the most flexible flying platform on the battlefield, they also

undertook a large number of the supply transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue,

battlefield reconnaissance, and electronic countermeasures missions, etc., and during the battle of

Khafji, the main force which rapidly checked the Iraqi offensive and finally drove back the Iraqi

military was again helicopters. During the war, the thing which truly left a deep impression and

demonstrated the deep potential of the helicopters was “Operation Cobra.” The 101st [Airborne]









Division used more than 300 helicopters to perform the single most far-reaching “leapfrog”

operation in the history of war, establishing the “Cobra” forward operations base more than 100

kilometers inside Iraq. Subsequently they relied on the base in cutting off the only escape route

for the Iraqi military scattered behind the Euphrates River valley, as well as intercepting the Iraqi

troops fleeing along the Hamal [as published] dike road. This was definitely the most deeply

significant tactical operation of the ground war during the war. It proclaimed that, from this

point, helicopters were perfectly capable of conducting large-scale operations independently.

When the throngs of Iraqi soldiers ran from the fortifications destroyed by the helicopters and

knelt to beg to surrender, they were in turn herded into a group by the helicopters just like a

cattle drive on the Western plains, and the view that “only the infantry can ultimately resolve a

battle” has now been radically shaken by these American “flying cowboys.” Originally, however,

the initial intent of the leapfrog operation by the helicopters was just to provide support for the

armored units that were to handle the main offensive, but the unexpected success of the

helicopter units caused the plan to fall far behind the developments in the battle situation.

Because of this, Schwarzkopf had to order the VII Corps to attack 15 hours ahead of time, and

although under the command of General Franks the speed of the advance of the VII Corps

through the desert was far faster than that of Gudarian, who became famous at the time for

launching tank blitzkriegs, he [Franks] did not win the good “blitzkrieg” reputation that the

previous generation did, but actually was rebuked for “moving forward slowly, one step at a

time, like an old lady.” Following the war. General Franks refuted the criticism that came from

the allied headquarters in Riyadh, based on the reason that the Iraqi military still had fighting

capabilities. [9] In reality, however, neither the critics nor those who refuted them had grasped

the essence of the problem. The reason that the mobility of the tanks under General Franks’

command was criticized was precisely because of the comparison with the helicopters. To this

day, there has still been no example of combat which has demonstrated that any kind of tanks

can keep up with the combat pace of helicopters.









Actually, this did not just involve mobility. As the former “kings of land warfare,” the tanks are

being challenged by the helicopters on all fronts. Compared to the tanks, which have to

constantly labor to overcome the coefficient of friction of the earth’s surface, the helicopters’

battlespace is at treetop level, so they are totally unaffected by any surface obstacles and their

excellent mobility is sufficient to cancel out the flaw of not having heavy armor. Similarly, as

mobile weapons platforms, their firepower is by no means inferior to that of the tanks, and this

represents the greatest crisis encountered by tanks since they ascended the stage of warfare with

the nickname of “tanks.” What is even tougher for the tanks is the energy required to organize a

sizable tank group assault (transporting a given number of tanks to a staging area alone is a

massive headache) and the risks one runs (when tanks are massed, they are extremely vulnerable

to preemptive strikes by the enemy), so they really have no advantages to speak of when

compared to helicopters, which are good at dispersed deployment and concentrated strikes, and

which can be massed to engage in conventional warfare or dispersed to fight guerrilla warfare. In

fact, tanks and helicopters are natural enemies, but the former is far from a match for the latter,

and even the outmoded AH-1 “Cobra” helicopters, not to mention the AH-64 “tank-killer”

helicopters, destroyed upwards of 100 tanks during the Gulf War while sustaining no casualties

at all of their own. Faced with the powerful strike capabilities of the helicopters, who can still

maintain that “the best weapon to deal with tanks are tanks?” [10]


We can now say that helicopters are the true tank terminators. This new star, which rose

gradually over the waves of the Gulf, is in the process of achieving its own coronation through

the illustrious battle achievements during the Gulf War, and there is no doubt that it is just a

question of time before it drives the tank from the battlefield. It may not take very long before

“winning a land battle from the air” is no longer an over-dramatized slogan, and more and more

ground force commanders are reaching a consensus on this point. Furthermore, the new concepts

of a “flying army” and “flying ground warfare” in which the helicopter is the main battle weapon

may become standard military jargon and appear in every military dictionary.









Another Player Hidden Behind the Victory


Leaving aside the point that as commander in chief of the three services Bush certainly knew the

time the attack was to begin, when viewed simply in terms of the CNN television broadcasts, the

whole world was the same as the U.S. president in that they saw at the same time the soul-

stirring start of the war. In the information-sharing age, a president doesn’t really have much

more in the way of special privileges than an ordinary citizen. This is where modern warfare

differs from any wars of the past, with real-time or near real-time reports turning warfare into a

new program that ordinary people can monitor directly via the media, and thus the media has

become an immediate and integral part of warfare, and no longer merely provides information

coming from the battlefield.


Unlike a direct broadcast of a World Cup soccer match, everything that people saw, other than

that which was first limited by the subjective perspective of the television reporters (the 1300

reporters sent to the front lines were all aware of the “Revised Regulations Regarding Gulf War

News Reports” that had just been issued by the Pentagon, so each person in his own mind

exercised restraint about what could and could not be reported), also had to go through the

security reviews at the joint news offices set up in Dhahran and Riyadh. Perhaps U.S. military

circles and the media had both learned the lesson during the Vietnam war when the discord

between the two was so great, but this time the news agencies and the military got along very

well. There is one figure that perhaps can illustrate this issue very well. Of the more than 1300

news items released throughout the entire period of the war, only five were sent to Washington

for review, and of these four received approval within several hours, while the remaining item

was canceled by the press unit itself. With the concerted assistance of the news reporters, the

battlefield commanders successfully influenced the eyes and ears of the entire world, getting

people to see everything that the military wanted them to see, while no one was able to see

anything that they did not want people to know. The U.S. press uniformly abandoned its vaunted









neutrality, enthusiastically joining the anti-Iraq camp and coordinating with the U.S. military just

like an outstanding two-man comic act, quite tacitly and energetically arriving at the same script

for the war, with the force of the media and that of the allied army forming a joint force

regarding the attack on Iraq. [11] Not long after Iraq invaded Kuwait, reports quickly appeared in

the various media that a massive U.S. force was streaming into Saudi Arabia, causing the Iraqi

military on the Kuwait-Saudi Arabia border to flinch and quietly creating the momentum for a

“hobbling” operation. The day before the start of “Desert Storm,” the Western media again

trumpeted the news of a U.S. carrier fleet passing through the Suez Canal, which served to

confuse Saddam and have him believe that, with disaster looming, the U.S. forces had still not

completed their deployment. Similarly, without the support of the embellishment by the media,

none of the so-called high-tech weapons sent to be used in the Gulf War would have been as

awesome as people believed. In the upwards of 98 press conferences held throughout the entire

course of the war, people saw images of how the precision-guided missiles could penetrate the

air vents in a building and explode, of “Patriots” intercepting “Scuds,” and numerous other shots

that left a profound impression. All these things represented an intense visual shock to the entire

world, including the Iraqis, and it was from this that the myth about the unusual powers of the

U.S. -made weapons was born, and it was here that the belief was formed that “Iraq would

inevitably lose, and the U.S. was bound to win.” Obviously, the media helped the Americans

enormously. We might as well say that, intentionally or otherwise, the U.S. military and the

Western media joined hands to form a noose to hang Saddam’s Iraq from the gallows. In the

“Operational Outline” that was revised after the war, the Americans took pains to suggest that

“the force of the media reports was able to have a dramatic effect on the strategic direction and

the scope of the military operations,” while the newly-drafted field manual FMlOO-6

(Information Operations) goes even farther in using the example of the media war during the

Gulf War. It would appear that, in all future wars, in addition to the basic method of military









strikes, the force of the media will increasingly be another player in the war and will play a role

comparable to that of military strikes in promoting the course of the war.


Unlike battlefield propaganda, which has an excessively subjective tinge and is easily rejected by

an opponent or neutral individuals, because it is cleverly cloaked as objective reporting the

media has a quiet impact that is hard to gauge. In the Gulf, in the same manner that the U.S.-led

allied forces deprived Iraq of its right to speak militarily, the powerful Western media deprived it

politically of its right to speak, to defend itself, and even of its right to sympathy and support,

and compared to the weak voice of Iraqi propaganda, which portrayed Bush as the “great Satan”

who was wicked beyond redemption, the image of Saddam as a war-crazed aggressor was played

up in a much more convincing fashion. It was precisely the lopsided media force together with

the lopsided military force that dealt a vicious one-two blow to Iraq on the battlefield and

morally, and this sealed Saddam’s defeat.


However, the effects of the media have always been a two-edged sword. This means that, while

it is directed at the enemy, at the same time on another front it can similarly be a sharp sword

directed at oneself. Based on information that was disclosed following the war, the reason that

the ground war abruptly came to a halt after 100 hours was actually because Bush, influenced by

a hasty assessment of the course of the war that was issued on television by a battlefield news

release officer, later came to a similarly hasty decision of his own, “dramatically shortening the

time from strategic decision-making to concluding the war.” [12] As a result, Saddam, whose

days were numbered, escaped certain death, and it also left a string of “desert thunder”

operations, which were ultimately duds, for Clinton, who came to power later. The impact of the

media on warfare is becoming increasingly widespread and increasingly direct, to the point

where even major decisions by the president of a superpower such as this one involving the

cessation of hostilities are to a very great extent rooted in the reaction to a single television

program. From this, one can perceive a bit of the significance that the media carries in social life

today. One can say entirely without exaggeration that an uncrowned king has now become the









major force to win any battle. After “Desert Storm” swept over the Gulf, no longer would it be

possible to rely on military force alone without the involvement of the media to achieve victory

in a war.


An Apple With Numerous Sections


As a war characterized by the integration of technology that concluded the old era and

inaugurated the new one, “Desert Storm” is a classic war that can provide all-encompassing

inspiration to those in the military in every country. Any person who enjoys delving into military

issues can invariably draw some enlightenment or lessons from this war, regardless of which

corner of the war one focuses on. Based on that, we are terming this war, which has multiple

meanings with regard to its experiences and lessons, a multi-section apple. Furthermore, the

sectional views of this apple are far from being limited to those that we have already discussed,

and it is only necessary for one to approach it with a well-honed intellect to have an unexpected

sectional view appear before one’s eyes at any moment:


When President Bush spoke with righteous indignation to the United States and the whole world

about the moral responsibility being undertaken for Kuwait, no responsible economist could

have predicted that, to provide for the military outlays of this war, the United States would

propose a typical A-A “shared responsibility” program, thereby launching a new form for sharing

the costs of international war — fighting together and splitting the bill. Even if you aren’t a

businessman, you have to admire this kind of Wall Street spirit. [13]


Psychological warfare is really not a new tactic, but what was novel about the psychological

warfare in “Desert Storm” was its creativity. After dropping an extremely powerful bomb, they

would then have the airplanes drop propaganda leaflets, warning the Iraqi soldiers several

kilometers away who were quaking in their boots from the bombing that the next bomb would be

their turn! This move alone was sufficient to cause the Iraqi units which were organized in

divisions to collapse. In the prisoner of war camp, one Iraqi division commander admitted that









the impact of the psychological war on Iraqi morale was second only to the bombing by the

allied forces. [14]


When the war began, the A- 10 was viewed by the Americans as an outmoded ground attack

aircraft, but after forming what was dubbed a “lethal union” with the “Apache” helicopter, by

eliminating Iraqi tanks on a large scale it staved off its own elimination, reaching the point where

it became one of the myriad dazzling stars in the air over the Gulf. By matching a weapon that

was far from advanced with other weapons, they actually achieved miraculous results like this,

and the design and use of these weapons can be an inspiration that is hard to express in a few



With regard to General McPeak, who was hastily given the job of the Air Force chief of staff not

long before the war started, the toothmarks he left in “this apple” were during the war, when he

was able to achieve his dream of breaking down the barriers between the strategic and tactical air

forces and establish mixed air force wings, as well as his use of the “subtract seven and add four”

approach following the war to bring about the most richly original reform of the Air Force

command structure in its history. That is, following the elimination of seven Air Force

commands, including the strategic, tactical, transport, logistics, systems, communications, and

security commands, he organized them into the four air combat, mobility, material and

intelligence commands. [15] It is hard to imagine how General McPeak’s colleagues would have

taken such a bold innovation had there been no Gulf War. [16] However, those of us who were

outsiders during the Gulf War have no way of achieving enlightenment and lessons from it, et

cetera, et cetera.


If we pursue this to the limit, we will see that there are even more aspects to this apple, but not

all of them are by any means things that can be pointed out or circled everywhere. To tell the

truth, its flaws and questionable aspects are nearly as numerous as its strengths, but nonetheless

this cannot cause us to treat it with the slightest contempt. Although this was a war that is rich

with implications, it still cannot be treated as the encyclopedia of modern warfare, at least it does









not provide us with any completely ready-made answers regarding future warfare. However,

after all, it does represent the first and most concentrated use of a large number of new and

advanced weapons since their appearance, as well as a testing ground for the revolution in

military affairs triggered by this, and this point is sufficient to earn it the position of a classic in

the history of warfare, as well as providing a completely new hotbed for our budding thoughts.




[1] See “The Gulf War — Final Report of the Department of Defense to Congress,” “Defense in

the New Age: Experiences and Lessons from the Gulf War,” and other research reports.


[2] The first chapter (“A Unique War”) in the research report Military Experiences and Lessons

of the Gulf War put out by the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds that

“Actually, the uniqueness of the Gulf War to a very great extent keeps us from being able to

draw lessons and experiences from it.. .in fact, just how much in the way of important, long-term

experiences and lessons can be drawn from the Gulf War is a major issue.” (The Gulf War, Vol

2, Military Science Publishing House, 1992 internal publication, p 155)


Eollowing the Gulf War, people in the Chinese military, who had been shaken intensely, from

the very beginning accepted the views of Western military circles almost completely, and at this

point there are quite a few of them who are beginning to rethink the lessons and experiences of

the Gulf War. (Conmilit, Nov 1998, No 262)


[3] The anti-Saddam alliance in the Arab world was centered around Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and

Syria. According to General Khalid, who was a commander of the allied forces in “Desert

Storm,” Iraq posed an enormous threat to them, so “we have no other choice but to ask for the

assistance of friendly forces, particularly the United States.” (see Desert Warrior, Military

Translations Publishing House, p 227)









The Americans also took the alliance very seriously. For details, see “Attachments to the Final

Report of the Department of Defense to Congress,” No 9, “Alliance Construction, Coordination,

and Combat”.


[4] Chapter 2 (“U.S. Military Reliance”) of the research report Military Experiences and Lessons

of the Gulf War put out by the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies points out that

“this war demonstrated without a doubt that, whether with regard to politics or logistical support,

the U.S. military must rely on friendly states and allies. Without the considerable help of other

countries, the United States has no way to carry out any major emergency operation. Other than

in small operations, the option of ‘going it alone’ is basically unworkable, and all diplomatic and

defense policy decisions must be based on this understanding.” (Ibid.).


[5] In the research report on the Gulf War done for the House of Representatives by L. Aspin and

  1. Dickinson, there is high praise for the “Goldwater – Nichols DOD Reorganization Act,”

writing that “the Goldwater – Nichols DOD Reorganization Act ensured that the three military

services would pull together to fight the same war.” The report also quoted Secretary of Defense

Cheney, saying that the said act “is the legislation with the most far-reaching impact on the

Department of Defense since the ‘National Security Act.'” The generals in the military also had

high praise for it, with Navy Admiral Owens, who was formerly vice chairman of the Joint

Chiefs of Staff terming the “Goldwater – Nichols DOD Reorganization Act” “one of the three

great revolutions in military affairs in the United States,” and “this act stipulated that in all

conflicts, the fight would be conducted using a joint force, and it also clarified that chiefs of staff

of the services are no longer combat commanders. The combat commanders are the five theater

commanders in chief.” (Journal of the National Defense University, No 11, 1998, pp 46-47;

Conmilit, No 12, 1998, p 24).


[6] General Merrill McPeak, who was Air Force chief of staff during the Gulf War, stated that

this was “a war which involved the massive use of air power and a victory achieved by the U.S.

and multinational air force units,” and “it was also the first war in history in which air power was









used to defeat ground forces” (Air Force Journal (U.S.), May 1991). In a statement prior to the

war, his predecessor Michael J. Dugan noted that “the only way to avoid much bloodshed in a

ground war is to use the Air Force.” Although Dugan was seen to have overstepped his authority

and was removed from his post, his views were not at all mistaken.


[7] Whether it is the report from the DOD or L. Aspin’s report to the House of Representatives,

both give a high assessment of the “air tasking order,” holding that “the air tasking order

orchestrated a precisely-planned, integrated air battle.”


[8] According to predictions by Russian and Western military specialists, “today, the lifespan of

a tank as an individual target on the battlefield does not exceed 2-3 minutes, and its lifespan in

the open as part of a battalion/company formation is 30-50 minutes.” This kind of estimate by the

experts notwithstanding, most countries still have tanks serving as a main weapon (Soldier

(Russia), No 2, 1996). In an article entitled “The Future of Armored Warfare,” Ralph Peter states

that ‘”Flying tanks’ are something that people have wanted for a long time, but when one

considers the rational use of fuel and the physical and psychological factors during battle, the

future need is still for ground systems. Seeing that attack helicopters are already a concentration

of the various features that we envisioned for flying tanks, we believe that attack helicopters can

complement armored vehicles, but cannot replace them.” (Parameters, Fall, 1997).


[9] Into the Storm: A Study in Command is the book that General Franks wrote after retiring. In

it he mentions that the speed with which the VII Corps crossed the desert was not a mistake, and

that the criticism from Riyadh was unreasonable. (See Army Times (U.S.), 18 August 1997).


[10] See “Appendix to the Final Report of the Department of Defense to Congress,” p 522.


[11] See “Appendix to the Final Report of the Department of Defense to Congress,” Section 19,

“News Reports.”


[12] U.S. Army Field Manual FM 100-6, Information Operations, discloses the details of this

dramatic event (See pp 68-69). The television news reports on the “expressway of death” also









had an effect on the overly-early conclusion of the war. (Joint Force Quarterly, Fall-Winter

edition, 1997-98).


[13] Section 16 of the “Appendix to the Final Report of the Department of Defense to Congress”

has a special discussion of the issue of “shared responsibility.” Contrary to the general belief, the

main reason for the U.S. to get their allies to share the costs of the war was not the economic

factor, but rather political considerations. In 21st Century Rivalries, Lester Thurow notes that,

with regard to the $61 billion that the war cost, “compared to its annual GDP of six trillion

dollars, this expense was hardly worth mentioning. The reason that they wanted those countries

which did not send combat personnel to the war to provide fiscal assistance was entirely to

convince the U.S. public that the war was not America’s alone, but was a joint operation.”


[14] In the magazine Special Operations, Major Jake Sam [as published] reviews the

circumstances of the psychological warfare conducted by the 4th Psyops Group during the Gulf

War. (See Special Operations, October 1992). In the December 1991 issue of the U.S. military’s

Journal of Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern Military Affairs there is also an article devoted to

psychological warfare during the Gulf War.


[15] Air Eorce chief of staff McPeak advocated the use of “mixed wings” made up of several

kinds of aircraft to replace the wings made up of just one kind of aircraft. He said that “if we

were to do something else in Saudi Arabia today, we would no longer use wings outfitted with

72 E-16s, but rather a wing made up of some attack airplanes, air defense fighters, jamming

aircraft flying outside the air defense zone, “Wild Weasels,” and refueling aircraft, etc…. This

tactic may be of use when an armed conflict breaks out in some region of the world.” (Air Eorce

(U.S. journal), Eebruary 1991.


[16] Secretary of the Air Eorce Donald Rice held that “the Gulf War explained this point

(experience) very thoroughly: Air power can make the greatest contribution during the unified

and integrated planning and implementation of combat operations.” General Michael Eowe [as

published], commander of the Tactical Air Command, pointed out that “using various









terminology such as ‘strategy’ and ‘tactics’ to limit the types and missions of aircraft is impeding

the efforts to develop air power, and at this point, we must carry out organizational and structural

reforms.” (See Air Force Manual AFMl-1 Basic Aerospace Theories of the U.S. Air Force, p

329, footnote 8). Deputy Chief of Staff for programs and operations Jenny V. Adams [as

published] believes that the lesson to be drawn from the Gulf War is “to modify, not review, our

combat regulations.” USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for logistics and engineering Henry Weiqiliao

[as published] also approves of carrying out reforms to reduce the weak links in the support area.

See Jane’s Defense Weekly, 9 March 1991.









Chapter 4: What Do Americans Gain By Touching the Elephant?


[pp. 87-120 in original]


“Aerial combat was the decisive factor for victory in the war against Iraq… High technology

weapons were effectively used, and not only were they the key reason that air and ground troops

demonstrated remarkably in combat, they also were the key reason United Nations forces were

able keep their casualties and fatalities so low. — L. Aspen


The Gulf War has been the United States military’s biggest war catch in the past few decades.

When the war had just ended, the American military, members of Congress, and various civic

organizations began to carry out a detailed examination of this catch from different points of

view. From each of the reports submitted by them and each of the steps subsequently taken by

the American military, the tremendous achievements of this examination can be seen. These

achievements, moreover, are all extremely valuable to armies and military personnel throughout

the world, and there must be no delay in looking at them. Because the nationalistic instincts of

the Americans I especially admire are particularly prominent in the long-standing sectarianism

that exists among the military services, theoretical blind spots and thought errors are bound to

occur in the research, to the extent that a grand warfare investigation has been turned into a blind

person trying to size up an elephant. This is a topic that requires our clear re-examination and

should not be treated as an excuse to deny its value. But what is it, after all, that Americans want

to feel on this big beast? Let’s first take a look at it.


The Hand Extended Under the Military Fence [Each Armed Service Views War



The fence erected between the U.S. Army and the Navy since the time of the Civil War not only

could not be eliminated after the birth of the U.S. Air Force, it instead became the fence

separating the three branches of the military. It became the historical chronic disease giving









headaches to the President and the Pentagon. Even though there was an effective “reorganization

method” during the Gulf War, it was not so much a clever way for getting to the root of the

problem as it was an expedient measure for bringing about a temporary solution in light of this

invisible obstacle. As soon as things had settled down and all the troops had returned home, the

doors were closed as before and everyone went their own way. Nevertheless, the high ranking

officers at the head of each of the three military branches are certainly not a mediocre generation

of stupidly unchanging leaders. The course and outcome expected from the Gulf War at the time

when it shocked the whole world also deeply shook these “Desert Storm” policymakers. The

dumbfounded feelings of having lost an adversary that came as a result of the dissolution of the

Soviet Union along with the renewed motivation to establish the United States at the forefront of

the new world order made these leaders clearly realize the urgency with which they must reform

the armed forces even though they still had no intention of abandoning their prejudices. In view

of each of the successive military combat regulations in the 1990s, its starting points have

without exception been established on the basis of the many fresh experiences and lessons gained

in the Gulf War. Just as “in the eyes of a thousand people, there are a thousand views,” what

unfolded in the eyes of the three branches of the U.S. military were three different Gulf Wars. In

this war, which not only was the last war of old times, but also the inaugural war of modern

times, each of the three branches stuck to its own arguments and made every effort to find the

evidence most advantageous to its respective branch, hardly realizing that the hand outstretched

from behind the military wall could not possibly make heads or tails of such a big elephant as the

Gulf War.


General Sullivan felt what may have been an inflexible elephant’s leg. Though in the eyes of this

officer, who at the time of the Gulf War was Assistant Army Chief of Staff and became Chief of

Staff only after the war had been over for a few months, the U.S. Army’s show was not

unremarkable during “Desert Storm,” but it certainly could not be called outstanding. Especially

when compared with the 38 days of wanton and indiscriminate bombing by the Air Eorce, four









days of a ground warfare clean sweep were unable to bring long expected glory to his armed

forces. As someone who intimately knows each key link of the Army, he understood better than

anyone wherein lay the crux of these age-old armed services in this landmark war. Even though

the U.S. Army’s prestige was at its apex when he took his position in “Desert Storm,” it turned

into an even stronger military force with no one to battle because the Soviet Army had declined

and the facts were known. He still farsightedly conveyed, however, prophetic concern for the

common people. His greatest concern was that after the tension of the Cold War had suddenly

relaxed, the Army structure would exhibit signs of aging, and the politicians who were eager to

take part in the dividends of peace would render his Army unable to cross the threshold of the

21st century and preserve its leading position among the armies of the world at the start of the

new millennium. Its only way of reviving was to swallow some very strong medicine and carry

out a complete remolding of itself. To this end, he advanced tentative plans for building a

completely new “21st century Army” in which the U.S. Army would be redesigned at every

segment,” from the foxholes to the factories.” [1] In order to reduce to the greatest possible

extent the spread of the effect of bad bureaucratic practices at the various organizational levels,

he initially established a “Louisiana Drill Task Force” of only 1,100 people under his direct

command which used the experience and lessons drawn from the Gulf War to mold this special

force often referred to as the “digitized force”. Additionally, he used its successfully clever

maneuverings to take the Army to the edge of informational warfare, striding to the forefront of

the armed forces in one step, thus taking the Army down a road of bold innovation as well as

difficult future expectations. During the entire process, what he did not make clear was that in

carrying out such a completely attractive reform there still were the selfish motives of the armed

forces hidden within — the size of the military expenditure pie had shrunk during the past few

decades and the piece cut out for the Army was bigger than that of the other military branches.

Sullivan’s successor. General Reimer, also knew this path well and furthered these reforms on

the basis of the blueprints drawn up by his predecessor. [2] Everyone knows that there was great









expense in establishing a digitized force, but what made this more shrewd on the part of Sullivan

and Reimer was that spending more money was precisely in the interest of acquiring more

money. From the “21st century Army” to the “post-2010 Army” and then to the “Army of the

future,” it took two steps to make three flights. Using a rather convincing development objective

as bait, they attracted the support of Capitol Hill and even more military expenditure to build up

the Army. Regarding those politicians who were totally ignorant of military issues and who

could not necessarily draw new conclusions and methods for victory in the face of the generals,

they mostly feared making fools of themselves, and so none dared make irresponsible remarks to

a man who might well be the next president. Actually, no matter how much hubbub the

“digitized force” caused, the time when anyone will make a final conclusion on the validity of

this plan is still far off. What others do not say it that it is just a standard method according to the

U.S. Army, like a new weaponry purchase that goes from a proposed requirement of the military

to manufacture by the industrial sector and then back to the military for testing, a process than

can take as long as 10 years. However, the two rhythms that cannot work together – the “18

month rule” for computer development and the “60 day rule” for network technology – make it

very difficult for the “digitized force” to finalize a technology design and establish a military

force, thereby turning it into a top spun by the continually changing new technology. In the tired

course of dealing with these things, not only is it not known what course to take, nothing is

attempted and nothing is accomplished. [3] On this point alone, linking an armed force’s fate to

the popularity of a certain type of technology, a bold plan with leading characteristics, makes it

difficult truly to become the only road marker guiding the Army’s future development.


Moreover, who now dares state with certainty that in future wars this heavy spending will not

result in an electronic Maginot line that is weak because of its excessive dependence on a single

technology? [4]


Regarding the Air Force, the straightforward General Dugan was relieved of his post, and the Air

Force troops under the command of an Army general during the entire “Desert Storm” operation









were not prevented from becoming the big winners in the Gulf War. [5] “Global presence, global

power,” the founding principle of the military, has for the first time withstood the test of war, and

the Air Force has been a force which could by itself succeed in strategy and battle attack

missions on any battle front, its position having never been as illustrious as it is now. [6] This has

made the smug General McPeak and his successor determined to go even further. They feel that

one victory is enough to allow them to take the leading role within the armed forces from this

point on. The Air Force, which was molded 50 years ago from an appendage of the Army, is no

longer ignorant – it had suddenly grown wings when it touched the elephant in the Gulf. Even

though Air Force Chief of Staff Fogleman and Army Chief of Staff Reimer were of the same

mind and, having gone through the Gulf War, “the two branches of the military both had deep

understanding of military wartime operations for the 21st century”, “relations between the Army

and the Air Force became strained when the two branches tried to work out details and uses for

the lessons gained from the Gulf War.” [7] The reason is very simple – neither the Air Force,

whose wings were growing increasingly strong, nor the Army, which regarded itself as the

number one authority under heaven, were willing to hand over the right to control operational

command to the other. Those keeping to each respective stand were seemingly justified, but upon

surmounting it, one would discover that it was a completely unbeneficial military struggle with

the result that each meeting of military leaders to study joint operations became a mere formality

and none of the new experience obtained from the Gulf War was fully and effectively shared

between them. One need only look at the successive compendia and regulations issued by the Air

Force and Army following the end of the war to understand this point.


What needs to be pointed out is that after the war, what the Air Force did was of course not

limited to scrambling for power and profit with the other branches of the military. The main

component of “Desert Storm” was the response to the successful experience of the air attack

campaigns — they reorganized all the air combat troops into mixed wings in accordance with

effective models that had already been proven. They then used a method of subtracting seven and





adding four to completely reorganize the entire Air Force command mechanism. They are

currently in the middle of testing the formation of an Air Force expeditionary force that can

reach any war zone in the world within 48 hours and maintain combat capability during the

entire course of any crisis and conflict. The Air Force, which all along has demonstrated

tremendous enthusiasm for electronic warfare and even information warfare, had taken the lead

in establishing an Air Force information warfare center even before Sullivan established the

digitized force. These actions clearly are directly related to the results of the Gulf War. What is

regrettable is that such a good attempt was unable to break free of the military’s boundaries with

the result that the old cry for “joint military operations” was still just a slogan as before. But then

all of this did not prevent the generals of the U.S. Air Force from following the example of their

Army colleagues and using the positive changes within the armed forces and the positive

struggle outside the armed forces as the two wheels that would advance their own branch’s

interests. A stagnant military with no fresh plans is one that could not steal a good portion from

the pockets of the congressmen who administer military funds appropriation. In this regard, the

Air Force has its own multiplication table [xiaojiujiu 1420 0046 0046] [8]. In the military’s

intensifying budgetary struggle, space flight weapons systems are a powerful trump card held by

the Air Force. Even though the “Star Wars” system advanced by President Reagan appeared to

be a bluff at the very beginning, and two presidents later it still has not developed true combat

capability, the enthusiasm of Americans for establishing space combat power has never cooled.

[9] Relying on this enthusiasm, many Air Force Chiefs of Staff have striven for the most possible

military funding for their own armed forces. Probably only heaven knows whether American

space flight power will be as General Estes said, “What space flight troops demonstrated in the

Gulf War proved that they had the potential for independent service.”


If the Gulf War is really seen as a big elephant, then it can be said that the U.S. Navy’s front fin

is hardly touching the fur of the elephant, which is just the same as saying it is not touching the

elephant at all. Perhaps it is precisely because of this that the U.S. Navy’s historically most









painful transformation of strategic theory has begun from the homebound voyage of the proud

and arrogant seamen who slid down from the cold bench of the “Gulf War.” This suffering has

fully tormented for a year and a half those servicemen growing gills. After that, a White Paper

called “From Sea to Land” put forward by several lieutenant colonels and colonels was placed on

the desk of the Naval Commander. This document clearly deviated from the creed and altogether

old regulations of the U.S. Navy’s spiritual mentor, Mahan. Decisive battles on the ocean striving

for command of the seas must never again be treated as the Navy’s eternally unchanging sacred

mission. For the first time, rather, support of coastal and land based combat would rank as its

chief responsibility. This is as good as turning the long tailed sharks cruising on the deep oceans

into short mouthed crocodiles rolling about in the mire. What is even more surprising is that

unorthodox opinions like these have gone so far as to obtain the joint signatures of the heads of

the Navy, battle commanders, and Marine Corps commanders to become the most significant

naval document since Mahan’s “The Effect of Naval Power on History.” Sudden bold strategic

changes have provided an important turn for the better to this force which has been in search of a

regenerative road against the backdrop of great change in world structure. Although the

objectives that the Navy has established for itself are not as radical as those of the Army nor as

ambitious as the Air Force, its transformation is obviously more fundamental and more

complete. In doing its calculations, the Navy, which is not one bit inferior to the Army and the

Air Force, of course wants to kill two birds with one stone in the areas of transforming itself and

vying for military funding. An armed force that did not play any significant role in a major war,

however, must put forward a very attractive plan and carry out the most thorough reforms if it

wants to be sure to get a fixed piece of post-war benefit pie as well as ambitiously attempt to get

a bigger piece. Therefore, two years after putting forward “From Sea to Land”, the Navy again


issued a new White Paper, “Forward Position From Sea to Land” [10], and poured new


hormones such as the more vigorous “Existence of the Lorward Position,” “Deployment of the

Lorward Position,” “Combat of the Lorward Position” into the Navy’s strategy. Another two









years later, Navy battle commander Admiral Boorda put forward “Naval Concepts for the Year

2020.” After Boorda killed himself to redeem his soldiers’ honor which he had ruined, his

successor. Admiral Johnson, followed established rules and promoted the reforms begun by all

his predecessors. He classified “deterrence and prevention of conflict in peacetime, and winning

victory in wartime” as the three major responsibilities of the U.S. Navy in the 21st century. What

never changed was that he was also the same as his predecessors in that all of the plans he

proposed treated the Navy as the axis without exception. His reasoning this time is that among

the many foreign combat tasks that the U.S. military shoulders, the Army needs to draw support

from many areas to launch a deployment, and the Air Force is exceedingly dependent on the

bases of other countries. Only the Navy possesses cruise freedom in any maritime space. Using

the capability of multiple means for penetrating battle, the result naturally is that the Navy should

become the core of a joint combat force. The thinking of this admiral is extremely clear. With

consensus for his theory from the three military commanders and the Department of Defense,

followed by logical thought, the probable outcome would be the preference of his branch in

getting budgetary allocations. According to what has been divulged about the 1998 U.S. national

defense budget, during the past ten years in the course of a steady trend of U.S. military spending

reductions, the Navy and the Marine Corps are the two areas in the whole military that have had

the least reduction in spending. The Naval commanders have always gotten what they wanted.

[ 11 ]


What is analyzed and outlined above is the general direction of the U.S. military since the end of

the Gulf War and the current situation of fracture between the branches of the armed services.

Perhaps you will be moved by all the hard work done by the U.S. military to summarize this war,

and perhaps you will be influenced by the various methods adopted by the U.S. military to

defend the interests of the armed services. At the same time, however, you may also have deep

sympathy that so many outstanding soldiers and remarkable minds went so far as to be separated

inside the military fence, pinning each other down and counteracting each other to the point that









each of these armed services with strong outlooks in the end still formed an American military

that had its entire pace disrupted by uncertain bugle calls.


The Illness of Extravagance, and Zero Casualties


Large-scale use of costly weapons in order to realize objectives and reduce casualties without

counting costs — this kind of warfare which can only be waged by men of wealth is a game that

the American military is good at. “Desert Storm” manifested once again the Americans’

unlimited extravagance in war and has already become an addiction. Airplanes which cost an

average of US$25 million each carried out 1 1,000 wanton and indiscriminate bombings in a 42

day period, destroying the general headquarters of the renewed Socialist Party with each US$1.3

million Tomahawk guided missile, taking aim at foxholes with precision guided bombs worth

tens of thousands of U.S. dollars… even if the American generals knew as soon as they began

that they need not spend so much on this unrestrained battle banquet costing US$61 billion,

using such an ostentatious battle style of “attacking birds with golden bullets”, their over-

extravagance would still not have been prevented. An American-made bomber is like a flying

mountain of gold, more costly than many of its targets. Shouldn’t hitting a quite possibly

insignificant target with tons of American dollars arouse people’s suspicions? Aside from this,

during the long duration of 161 days, more than 52,000 personnel and over 8,000,000 tons of

goods and materials were brought over day and night to the front line from America and all over

Europe, including thousands of sun hats long since scrapped in some warehouse and crates of

American fruit rotting on Riyadh. Major General Pagonis, the commanding officer in charge of

logistic support, calls such large-scale chaotic and extravagant safeguarding activities “possibly

historically unheard of” naval operations. However, according to the vivid statements of the U.S.

Department of Defense, this is analogous to having moved all of the living facilities of

Mississippi’s capital city, Jackson, to Saudi Arabia. Of all the soldiers in the world, probably

only the Americans would consider this a necessary extravagance in order to win one war. [12]









It is just this point that strikes people strangely. However, the Pentagon, which was completely

remolded by McNamara in the spirit of commerce, all along could only estimate the innumerable

costs of luxury style war. [13] Even the Armed Services Committee of the House of

Representatives, an organization that frequently conducts verbal warfare with four star generals

over money, did not even utter a word regarding the astonishing expenditures of this war. In the

respective investigation reports done on the Gulf War, the key effect of high technology

weaponry was given almost all equally high appraisals. Secretary of Defense Cheney said “we

lead fully one generation in the area of weapon technology,” and Congressman Aspen responded

“the benefits demonstrated by high tech weaponry have exceeded our most optimistic estimates.”

If you cannot make out the overtones of my praises and only think they are proud of the

American military for having fully realized their war objectives by defeating Iraq with the aid of

high technology weapons, then you may think that this however is the typical nonsense spoken

by two who have different opinions regarding the ability of technology to bring success, and you

also are not yet fully aware of the meaning of American style warfare. What you must know is

that this is a nationality that has never been willing to pay the price of life and, moreover, has

always vied for victory at all costs. The appearance of high technology weaponry can now satisfy

these extravagant hopes of the American people. During the Gulf War, of 500,000 troops, there

were only 148 fatalities and 458 wounded. Goals that they long since only dreamt were almost

realized — “no casualties.” Ever since the Vietnam War, both the military and American society

have been sensitized to human casualties during military operations, almost to the point of

morbidity. Reducing casualties and achieving war objectives have become the two equal weights

on the American military scale. These common American soldiers who should be on the

battlefield have now become the most costly security in war, like precious china bowls that

people are afraid to break. All of the opponents who have engaged in battle with the American

military have probably mastered the secret of success – if you have no way of defeating this

force, you should kill its rank and file soldiers. [14] This point, taken from the U.S.









Congressional report’s emphasis on “reducing casualties is the highest objective in formulating

the plan,” can be unequivocally confirmed. “Pursuit of zero casualties,” this completely

compassionate simple slogan, has actually become the principal motivating factor in creating

American style extravagant warfare. Therefore, unchecked use of stealth aircraft, precision

ammunition, new tanks, and helicopters, along with long distance attack and blanket bombing –

for all of these, weapons are okay as are tricks, so that there are no dual objectives that at the

same time carry contradictions – there must be victory without casualties.


Warfare framed on this basis can only be like killing a chicken with a bull knife. Its high

technology, high investment, high expenditure, and high payback feature, make its requirements

for military strategy and combat skill far lower than its requirements for the technological

performance of weaponry. Even in successful wars of this dimension, there is not one

outstanding battle that is laudable. Compared with the advanced technology that they possess,

the American military clearly is technologically stagnant and it is not good at seizing

opportunities provided by new technology for new military tactics. Aside from effective use of

advanced technological weaponry, we are not sure how much of a disparity exists between the

military thought revealed in this war by Americans and other countries. The difference at least

cannot be any bigger than that between their weaponry. Perhaps it is precisely because of this

that this war was unable to become a masterpiece of military skill. Instead it became, to a great

extent, a sumptuous international fair of high technology weapons with the United States as the

representative and, as a result, began the spread of the disease of American style war

extravagance on a global scale. At the same time as huge amounts of U.S. dollars were trampling

Iraq, it also muddled soldiers all over the world for a time. As the world’s leading arms dealers,

Americans naturally are overjoyed. In the face of this typical war with its advanced technology,

dull warfare, and huge spending, just as with a Hollywood movie, with its simple plot, complex

special effects, and identical patterns, for a long time after the war people could not understand

the main threads of this complicated affair and believed that modern warfare is fought in just this









way, leaving those who cannot fight such an extravagant war feeling inadequate. This is why the

military forums in every country since the Gulf War are full of a faction yearning for high

technology weapons and calling for high technology wars.


In discussing the talented American inventor, Thomas Edison, poet Jeffers writes, “We are


skilled in machinery and are infatuated with luxuries.” Americans have a strong inborn penchant

for these two things as well as a tendency to turn their pursuit of the highest technology and its

perfection into a luxury, even including weapons and machinery. General Patton, who liked to

carry ivory handled pistols, is typical of this. This inclination makes them rigidly infatuated with

and therefore have blind faith in technology and weapons, always thinking that the road to

getting the upper hand with war can be found with technology and weapons. This inclination also

makes them anxious at any given time that their own leading position in the realm of weaponry

is wavering, and they continually alleviate these concerns by manufacturing more, newer, and

more complex weapons. As a result of this attitude, when the weapons systems which are daily

becoming heavier and more complicated come into conflict with the terse principles required of

actual combat, they always stand on the side of the weapons. They would rather treat war as the

opponent in the marathon race of military technology and are not willing to look at it more as a

test of morale and courage, wisdom and strategy. They believe that as long as the Edisons of

today do not sink into sleep, the gate to victory will always be open to Americans. Self

confidence such as this has made them forget one simple fact – it is not so much that war follows

the fixed race course of rivalry of technology and weaponry as it is a game field with continually

changing direction and many irregular factors. Whether you wear Adidas or Nike cannot

guarantee you will become the winner.


It appears that Americans, however, do not plan to pay attention to this. They drew the benefit of

the Gulf War’s technological victory and obviously have resolutely spared no cost to safeguard

their leading position in high technology. Even though the many difficulties with funding have

brought them up against the embarrassment of having difficulty continuing, they have not been









able to change their passion for new technology and new weapons. The detailed list of

extravagant weapons constantly being drawn up by the U.S. military and approved by Congress

will certainly get longer and longer [15], but the list of American soldier casualties in future wars

may not necessarily be “zero” because of wishful thinking.


Group, Expeditionary Force, Integrated Force,


“What kind of army does the U.S. Army need in the 21st century?” This is a question that has

puzzled the U.S. Army for the last 10 years of the 20th century. [16] During the Gulf War, the

effect of the Army’s mediocre show along with the high technology weapons on the rhythm of

battle formed a clear contrast. The U.S. Army, which all along has been more conservative than

the Navy and the Air Force, finally became conscious of the need to work out a system for

carrying out reforms. What is interesting is that the role of resistance in this instance was not the

Army’s upper echelon. Rather, it was the new division commanders who had just climbed up to

higher positions from command levels and the new commanders who replaced them. The views

of those of the “brigade faction” wearing the eagle insignia and the sign of the maple leaf,

however, are in complete contradiction. They believe that it is the Army troops that have been

unable to pass the test of war and therefore must undergo a major operation. The “crack troops,”

“model troops,” and “primary brigade,” these three programs, have been handed over to General

Sullivan. Even though this Army Chief of Staff has admiringly embodied the third program’s

“new thinking for future operations,” he has still not been able to persuade the majority of

generals to accept it. The result has been that, after he was relieved of his office, there was a

change of heart between the conservatives and the reformists and the Army made the Fourth

Mechanized Unit the foundation in January 1996 to organize a new experimental brigade of

15,800 men. [17] The position of the “divisional faction” clearly prevailed. The members of the

“brigade faction”, however, were not willing to just let the matter drop. They staunchly believed

that a “military force that is excessively massive and cumbersome will be difficult to suit to the

combat requirements of the 21st century.” The military force which began to be implemented









during the period of short range to complex guns must be completely rescinded, and five to six

thousand new-type combat troops should be substituted to form the new Army type for basic

combat. In order to relieve the generals’ feelings of disgust, they displayed experience in the

ways of the world and retained equally high-ranking military positions as the old-style Army in

the new program. [18] At just the critical moment of the incessant debate between the

“divisional” and “brigade” factions, the director of the U.S. Army Battle Command Laboratory,

Army Lieutenant Colonel Maigeleige [transliteration as printed 7796 2706 7191 2047] sounded

another new call. In his book, “Break the Factional Position”, he advocated simultaneously

abandoning the systems of divisions and brigades and replacing them with 12 battle groups of

about 5,000 men each. Its new position is determined by the ousted establishment’s set pattern of

large and small, and the human numbers of many and few. It could adopt building-block

methods according to wartime needs and put into practice mission-style group organization. The

reverberations that his viewpoint has brought in the Army has somewhat exceeded expectations,

to the point that General Reimer has required all generals to read this book. [19] Perhaps the

current Army Chief of Staff has exceptional insight and recognizes that even though the

lieutenant colonels’ key points may not find miracle cures for the difficult issues, they can yet be

regarded as the magical cure for sloughing off the thought-cocoons of those old soldiers in

general’s clothes.


Originally, the concept of a “group” was certainly not new to the Army. The reform of the “five

group atomic troops” [20] in the 1950s and 1960s was generally considered to be an unsuccessful

attempt and even criticized as having been an indirect cause leading to the U.S. military’s poor

show in the Vietnam War. In the eyes of Maigeleige, however, a prematurely delivered child

may be unable to grow to manhood. If it is said that the birth of the “group” 30 years ago was

unlucky, then today it can be said that it is a good time. Modernized weaponry has been enough

to make any relatively small scale force not be inferior to previously much larger armed forces in

the areas of fire power and mobility. The appearance of the C4I has especially brought armed









forces which have a mutual superiority advantage to unite in battle, becoming the new growing

point in fighting power. If this time still embraces the 18-type weapons ready divisional system

or brigade system, then it can truly be said that it is incompatible with present needs. However,

even if military technological development is the emergence of new high technology, it also is a

turning point and certainly will not automatically bring on advanced military thought and

institutional establishments. One good feature hides one hundred bad — the leading position with

military technology and weaponry has hidden from view this fact: The U.S. military is no

different in the institutional establishment as in military ideology, and is clearly behind the

advanced military technology it possesses. In this sense, using the “group” to destroy the position

formed by the divisions and the brigades is the most damaging concept in the institutional

establishment of the U.S. Army since the Gulf War and has represented the new thought wave of

the U.S. military system establishment reform. Unlike the Army, the Air Force and the Navy do

not have deep-rooted “positional” traditions. The pace of their adjustments clearly are

comparatively light. The Air Force particularly made opportune use of the momentum of Desert

Storm to completely eliminate the divisional system in one blow, and they took advantage of the

opportunity to change all of the combat flight wings into integrated wings and took the lead in

achieving the first round of system establishment reforms. After “global arrival, global power”

was defined as the new objective for Air Force strategy, it continued to flap the wings of reform

and began testing the plan for establishing an “Air Force Expeditionary Force” advanced by Air

Force Wing Commander John Jiangpo [transliteration as printed 3068 3789]. According to this

commander’s idea, the so-called “Air Force Expeditionary Eorce” is a capable and vigorous force

of 1,175 men and 34 aircraft put together to aim at striving for superiority in the air, carrying out

air attacks, suppressing enemy air defense power, and air-to-air refueling, etc., that can reach a

theatre of operations within 48 hours of having received the order, and that can maintain air

combat capability throughout the entire course of a conflict. In this regard, it can be said that the

actions of the U.S. Air Eorce are supersonic. They currently have established three “Air Eorce









Expeditionary Forces” and also have completed real troop deployment. When the fourth and fifth

of these forces began to be set up, its three predecessor “Air Force Expeditionary Forces” were

already outstanding in such military operations as the “Southern Watch” and “Desert Thunder.”

[ 21 ]


Regarding the Navy, since there already has been a new strategy of “Forward Position… From

Sea to Fand,” formation of an expeditionary force from a combination of the Naval fleet and

ground forces is logical. Unlike the Army, which is taking strides to protect against difficulties,

and the Air Force, which is like a charging hurricane, the Navy is more willing to go through

repeated maneuvers and actual combat in order to polish the concept of the “Naval Expeditionary

Force.” From [the advent] of the “Ocean Risk” of the Atlantic Ocean general headquarters, of the

“Double Assault” of the European general headquarters, of the “Silent Killer” of the Pacific

Ocean general headquarters, and of the ground force’s “Sea Dragon” maneuver since May of

1992, to the establishment of the “Southern Watch” no-fly zone in southern Iraq, the “Vigilant

Warrior” to deter Iraq, as well as the “Hope Renewal” in Somalia, Bohei’s [3134 7815] “Capable

Guard”, and Haiti’s “Preservation of Democracy” — in each of these operations the Navy has

been diligently testing its new organization. [22] The mission that they stipulate for this “Naval

Expeditionary Force” of one battleship group, one amphibious guard force, and Marine Corps

task forces is rapid control of the seas along with combat in coastal regions. What amazes and

pleasantly surprises the Navy most is that the amphibious landing equipment needed by this

expeditionary force actually obtained Congressional budgetary approval. [23] The partiality that

the American politicians have towards the Navy caused the Navy and especially the Marines to

be treated with coldness upon their return from the Gulf War. Moreover, after establishing the

new Naval system establishment, they were fully confident of occupying the number one

position in the American armed forces.


The institutional reforms that began after the Gulf War not only adjusted the internal structure of

the U.S. military, but also gave impetus to changes in weapons development and tactics, and









even had a far-reaching effect on America’s national strategy. The small-scale, flexible, and

quick “Expeditionary Force,” not only used for military attacks but also able to carry out non-

warfare tasks, has become the new style of establishment striven for by each military branch as

well as a convenient and effective tool in the hands of the U.S. government. We have discovered

that, because there are these highly proficient “killer mace” [sha shou jian 3010 2087 9505]

forces and a dangerous, worrisome trend has even been brought about, in handling international

affairs the U.S. government has become increasingly fond of using force, makes moves more

quickly, and seeks revenge for the smallest grievances. These mutual moves between the armed

forces and the government, military and politics, is causing the U.S. military to begin undergoing

a deep yet quite possibly disastrous change from system establishment to strategic thinking.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense is trying to set about organizing the ground, air, and

sea expeditionary forces into an integrated “Allied Task Force.” This is the newest move in this

change. [24] It is still difficult to foresee whether this completely integrated force will drag the

U.S. military and even the United States using the same special characteristics into a troublesome

mire while nimbly achieving the global mission bestowed on the U.S. government.


From Joint Campaigns to Total Dimensional War – One Step to Thorough Understanding


When we say that American military theory is behind, it is only behind relative to its advanced

military technology. Compared to the servicemen of other countries, the fully technological

aspect of Americans’ military thinking naturally occupies an insurmountable leading position on

the scale of high-tech war in hypothetical future wars. Perhaps the Soviet Arjakov [Ao’er jiakefu

1 159 1422 0502 4430 1 133] school of thought which was the first to advance the “new military

revolution” is the only example that has come to light.


The “new military revolution” is vividly portrayed by the anvil forged in the Gulf War. Not only

with the American military but also with servicemen of the whole world, these words have

become a blindly ludicrous and popular slogan. It is not a matter requiring great effort due to









yearning for the technology of others and following certain slogans. The only ones using a great

effort are the Americans. If they want to guarantee their own leading position in a field of

military reforms that has already begun and will be completed right away, then the first thing that

must be resolved is to eliminate the lag that exists between U.S. military thinking and military

technology. Actually, the war dust has only settled [zhan chen fu ding 2069 1057 3940 1353].

The U.S. military has not yet completed troop withdrawal from the Persian Gulf and has already

begun top-to-bottom “thought exchange transfusion.” This means that, after military

technological reforms are initiated, they will not be able to be make up missed lessons of

synchronized follow-up for military thought reform. Even though in the final analysis they are

also unable to completely break away from their penchant for technology, Americans still are in

this unusual encirclement from which they are unable to break free. They have achieved certain

results that are equally beneficial for American servicemen as well as servicemen all over the

world — first is formation of the “joint campaign” concept, second is forging “total dimensional

warfare” thinking.


Formulation of the “joint campaign” originally came from the Number One Joint Publication in

November 1991 of the “United States Armed Forces Joint Operations” regulations issued by the

U.S. Military Joint Conference. This is clearly brimming with new concepts of the Gulf War and

has broken through the confines of the popular “cooperative war” and “contractual war” which

are already dated, and even surpassed the “air/ground integrated battle” theory seen by

Americans as the magic weapon. This regulation exposes the four key elements of the “joint

campaign” – centralized command, equality of the armed forces, complete unification, and total

depth while doing battle. It has made clear for the first time the command control authority of the

battle zone unified commander; it has stipulated that any one military branch can take the leading

battle role based on different situations; it has expanded “air/ground integrated battle” into

ground, sea, air, and space integrated battle; and it has emphasized implementation of total depth

while doing battle on all fronts. Under the strong impetus of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff









meeting, each military branch is successively setting about formulating and unifying mutually

matching military regulations in order to make public this new tactic representative of the

direction of future wars. [While the services have formally accepted this new concept], in private

they still constantly bear in mind the prominent core functions of their branches, and they

especially hope to carry out a unification that is clearly demarcated — that is a unification that

makes clear each domain and authority, including regulations, laws, and the differentiation

among each other’s military honors. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Shalikashvili feels that

this does not intend to indicate a compromise between each of the Chiefs of Staff. Adopting the

publication called, “The Plan for a Joint Force in 2010,” The “Model” for Leading the United

States Military to Joint Operations [25], he resolutely plays the part of a modern Moses, leading

the U.S. military to dismantle the fences separating the branches of the military, and stride along

the difficult path of really bringing about integrated unified operations in the midst of a twilight

which brings doubt.


Even though it is in the United States, a country which easily propagates and accepts new things,

the situation is still far more difficult than Shalikashvili thought. In the wake of his retirement,

criticism of the “joint plan” for the U.S. military has gradually increased, and skepticism has

again gained ground. The Marine Corps believes that they “must not worship the joint [plan]’

and stifle relevant future discussions on troop organization,” that “the uniformity of the joint

[plan] will lead to the loss of the distinctiveness of the armed forces,” and that this is mutually

contrary to the American spirit of “emphasizing competition and diversification.” The Air Force

tactfully expressed the opinion that the “2010 unification plan must develop in practice and

encourage mutual emulation between the armed services,” that “in this era of change and

experimentation our thinking must be flexible and cannot become rigid.” [26] The views of the

Navy and the Army in this regard are similar and have plenty of power to destroy Shalikashvili’ s

painstaking efforts in an instant. It is thus evident that it is not only in Eastern reforms that the

situation occurs where policies shift with a change of the person in charge. As onlookers, we of









course can simply sacrifice a valuable ideology for the narrow benefit of a group. Because the

essence of “joint campaigns” and “joint plans” certainly is not in the confirmation or

expropriation of military advantage, rather its intention is to enable each branch of the military to

achieve unification of operations within a centralized battleground space, and reduce to the

greatest possible extent the negative effects of each branch going its own way. Before a way is

found to truly integrate the forces, this is obviously a conceivable tactic of high order. The

limitation of this valuable thinking, however, lies in that its starting point and ending point have

both fallen onto the level of armed force and have been unable to expand the field of vision of

“joint” to all of the realms in which humans can produce confrontational behavior. The drawback

of this thinking at the very end of the 20th century, a time when an inkling of the broad sense of

war has already emerged, is that it appears to attract attention to such an extent that if the concept

of “total dimensional warfare” had not been set forth in the 1993 U.S. Army publication. The

Essentials of War, we would be simply astounded at the “anemic” realm of U.S. military



Following the 13th revision of this programmatic document, there was a penetrating insight into

the various challenges that the U.S. military might face in the following years and for the first

time a completely new concept of “non-combat military operations” was advanced. It was

because of this concept that people saw the possibility of carrying out total positional warfare,

and it brought the American Army to find an extremely lofty new name for its war theory —


“total dimensional warfare.” What is interesting is that the person in charge of revising the U.S.

Army’s 1993 publication of The Essentials of War and who displayed a fiercely innovative spirit

was General Franks, the man who was criticized by people as an operational conservative when

the Navy commanded the Seventh Fleet. If not for later circumstances that changed the direction

of thinking of Americans, this commander of the US Army Training and Doctrine Headquarters

who first took his post after the war would have brought the history of American military

thinking to a historical breakthrough. Although General Franks and the officers who compiled









his military regulations were unable to reconcile the tremendous discrepancy between the two

sentences, “implementation of centralized air, ground and sea operations supported by the entire

theatre of operations” and “mobilization of all mastered methods in each possible operation, both

combat and non-combat, so as to resolutely complete any mission assigned at the least price” in

this publication The Essentials of War, they were even less able to discover that, apart from war

as a military operation, there still exists the possibility for far vaster non-military war operations.

However, it at least pointed out that “total dimensional warfare” should possess the special

characteristics of “total depth, total height, total frontage, total time, total frequency, and multiple

methods”, and this precisely is the most revolutionary feature of this form of battle that has never

been seen in the history of war. [27]


It is too bad that the Americans, or more specifically the American Army, discontinued this

revolution too early. In one case of dissension. Holder, one-time regimental commander under

General Franks who later held the post of Combined Arms Commander of the Army Training

and Doctrine Headquarters, strongly cross-examined his superior officer’s idea. The then-

Lieutenant General Holder already was not the out-and-out vigorous Colonel Holder on the

battlefield. This time he was playing the part of the Army mouthpiece for conservative tradition.

His view was that “the belief that non-combat operations has its own set of principles is not

welcomed among combat troops and many commanding officers are opposed to differentiating

between non-combat operations and the original meaning of military operations.” After Holder’s

death, “the Army had formed a common consensus to handle differentiation of non-combat

operations as a wrong practice.” They believe that if “non-combat military operations” are

written into the basic regulations, it will weaken the armed forces’ trait of emphasis on military

affairs and also could lead to confusion in armed forces operations. With the situation going in

this direction. General Franks’ revolution ended in an unavoidable miscarriage. Under the

inspiration of the next commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Headquarters, General

Hartzog, General Holder and the editorial group for the 1998 publication of The Essentials of









War finally made a major amendment to the new compendium with “a single principle covering

all types of the Army’s military operations” as the fundamental key. Their practice is to no longer

distinguish between non-combat operations and general military operations, but to differentiate

battle operations into four types — attack, defense, stabilization, and support — and return the

original manuscript to such responsibilities of non-combat operations as rescue and protection

and reassembling the old set of combat operations in order to enable it to put centralized combat

principles on the right course and altogether discard the concept of “total dimensional warfare.”

[28] At face value, this is a move of radical reform and simplification by simply cutting out the

superfluous. In reality, however, this is an American edition of poor judgment. At the same time

as the theoretical confusion brought by the unripe concept of “non-combat military operations”

was eliminated, the rather valuable ideological fruits that they had accidentally picked were also

abandoned on account of the newly-revised compendium. It appears that in doing the one step

forward, two steps back dance, all nationalities are self-taught.


Nevertheless, pointing out the U.S. Army’s lack of foresight is not equivalent to saying that the

“total dimensional warfare” theory cannot be criticized. Quite the opposite, there are clear flaws

in this theory from both its conceptual denotation and connotation. Indeed, “total dimensional

war’s” understanding of battle is already much broader than any previous military theory, but as

far as its innate character is concerned, it still has not escaped the “military” category. For

example, the “non-military combat operations” concept we raised above is much broader in

meaning than military combat operations and can at least be placed along with comparable war

realms and patterns outside the field of vision of American servicemen — it is precisely this large

domain that is the area for future servicemen and politicians to develop imagination and

creativity — with the result that it also cannot count as truly meaning “total dimensional.” Not to

mention the phrase “total dimensional” in the U.S. Army, which also has not in the end

reconciled how many dimensional spaces are referred to, whether it is that each [space] is an

interrelated element of war or it is that there are two simultaneously. This is to say, it still has not









been elaborated on and is in a state of chaos. If, however, what total dimension is referring to

cannot be reconciled, then the nature of the relationship between each dimension, this original

concept with its rich potential, can of course not be fully launched. Actually, there is no one who

can launch a war in 360-degree three-dimensional space with time and other non-physical

elements of total dimensionality added, and any particular war will always have its particular

emphasis and is always launched within a limited dimension as well as terminated within a

limited dimension. The only difference is that in the predictable future, military operations will

never again be the entire war, rather they are one dimension within the total dimension. Even

adding “non-combat military operations” as proposed by General Franks cannot count as total

dimensionality. Only by adding all “non-military combat operations” aside from military

operations can total dimensional war’s complete significance be realized. What needs to be

pointed out is that this ideology has never emerged in all of the theoretical research of the U.S.

military since the Gulf War. [29] Even though these concepts of “non-combat military

operations” and “total dimensional warfare” are full of original ideas and are already fairly close

to a military ideological revolution that started from the military technology revolution, it can be

said that it has already arrived under the last precipice on the rugged mountain path, and the

mountain peak of the great revelation is still far away. Here, however, the Americans have

stopped, and the American hares who have always been ahead of every other country in the

world in military technology and military ideology have begun to gasp for breath. No matter that

Sullivan or Franks let out “running hare” breaths in so many military theses after the Gulf War,

they still cannot leave all the tortoises behind.


Perhaps now this is the time when Eieutenant Colonel Eonnie Henley [30] and these Americans

who have called into question the capability of other countries’ military revolutions should

examine their consciences:


Why has there not been a revolution?













[1] The 21st Century Army is written by Sullivan. From the time he took his post until after he

left it, he has always been unabatedly enthusiastic about this issue. Even though many people

within the U.S. military and the forces of other countries have equated The 21st Century Army

with The Digitized Force, Sullivan certainly does not see it this way. He believes that the U.S.

Army should continually promote “integration” reforms, and that The 21st Century Army should

be treated more as “an attitude and a direction” rather than an “ultimate plan.” “Integration of a

21st century includes such aspects as battle theory, system of organization, training,

commanding officer development, equipment and soldier issues, and base facilities, etc.” (United

States Military Theory, May-June, 1995) According to the general view currently held by the

U.S. Army, “The 21st century force is the current Army force carrying out information-age field

operations experiments, theoretical research, and equipment purchasing plans, to enable the

ground combat troops to handle preparations for carrying out missions from now until 2010.”

(Army Training and Doctrine Headquarters Assistant Chief of Staff, Colonel Robert Jilibuer

[transliteration as printed 1015 0448 1580 1422], Armed Forces Journal, October 1996)


[2] General Dennis J. Reimer said, “The 2010 Army Concept’ is also the theoretical link between

‘The 21st Century Army’ and ‘The Army of Tomorrow’. ‘The 21st Century Army’ is the plan that

the Army is carrying out right now… ‘The Army of Tomorrow’ is the Army’s long-range plan that

is currently under deliberation… mutual coordination between the three has determined a

complete set of continuous and orderly changes, so as to guarantee that the Army can develop

along a methodical direction.” (See The 2010 Army Concept report, 1997)


[3] Technological renewal is a far faster phenomenon than weaponry, hiding deeper disparities:

“It is easier for forerunners to fall behind.” (This point can be verified from the development of

the telecommunications industry and changes in computers.) This perhaps is the single most

difficult disparity to bring into line for the professional military and information technology









established along the lines of big industry. It is for this reason that Americans have a morbid

sensitivity to the spread of all new military high technology and even new civilian technology.


[4] There are also many people within the United States who are questioning this. Colonel Allen

Campen believes that “hastily adopting new tactics that people do not fully understand and that

have not been tested is risky” and “quite possibly will turn a beneficial military revolution into a

gamble with national security.” (United States Signal Magazine, July 1995)


[5] Even though the Joint Force Air Squadron Headquarters commanded by Air Force General

Charles Horner had to take orders from Schwarzkopf, in the final analysis he received the most

publicity during the Gulf War.


[6] Global arrival. Global Power was the strategic plan of the U.S. Air Force after the Cold War,

published in June 1990 in White Paper format. Six months later, the basic principle of this plan

was tested and verified in the Gulf War.


[7] See United States Army Magazine, December 1996, “Army and Air Force Joint War.”


[8] In 1997, the United States again proposed a new development strategy. Global Participation –

  • The Plan for the United States Air Force in the 21st Century. “Our strategic plan can be

summarized in one sentence: ‘the United States Air Force will become the outstanding air and

space force in the world… it will be a global force enabling the United States to show itself

everywhere’.” (See Global Participation — The Plan for the United States Air Force in the 21st



[9] Even though President Clinton announced the elimination of the “Star Wars” plan, in reality

the United States military has never relaxed the pace of space militarization. Global Participation

—21st Century United States Air Force Concept especially points out that “the first step of this

revolutionary change is to turn the U.S. Air Force into an air and space force, then to remold it

into an air and space force.” The sequence of these changes has obviously embodied the core

revisions. The space flight headquarters is putting even more emphasis on the function of space

flight troops (specifically see United States Military Space Flight Troops and Unified Space









Flight Theory). In April 1998, the U.S. space flight headquarters issued a long-range plan,

“Tentative Plan For 2020,” and advanced four war concepts for military space flight — space

control, global war, total force consolidation, and global cooperation. By 2020, space control

must have achieved the following five objectives: ensure entry into space; keep watch over

space; protect the space systems of the United States and its allies; prevent enemies from

utilizing the space systems of the United States and its allies; and stop enemies from utilizing

space systems. (See Modern Military Affairs, 1998, No. 10, pp. 10-11.)


[10] “The White Paper, ‘From Sea to Land’, issued in 1992 by the Navy and Navy ground forces,

marks changes in the core and emphasis of strategy… emphasis on naval implementation of

forward deployment, this is the most essential difference reflected between ‘Forward Position…

From Sea to Land’ and ‘From Sea to Land’.” (Navy Admiral J.M. Boorda, Marine Corps

Magazine, March 1995) This admiral also bluntly demanded the “Navy’s preference in budgetary



[11] See the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Report for the fiscal year 1998.


[12] See The Gulf War — Final Report of the U.S. Department of Defense to Congress and

Appendix 6.


[13] McNamara, who went from president of the Ford Motor Company to head of the

Department of Defense, introduced the business accounting system of private enterprise and the

concept of “cost comparison” to the United States military. He has made the forces learn how to

spend less money when purchasing weapons, but they have other standards for how to fight.


“The Department of Defense must achieve the following objective: exchange our country’s

security for the least amount of risk, least amount of expenditure, and, in the event of a entering a

war, the least number of casualties.” (McNamara, Looking Back on the Tragedy and the Lessons

of the Vietnam War, pp. 27-29)


[14] Colonel Xiaochaersi Denglapu [transliteration as printed 1420 2686 1422 2448 6772 2139

2528] points out that “casualties are an effective way to weaken America’s strength… For this









reason, enemies can bring about our casualties by dashing ahead recklessly without regard to

losses or by achieving a blind tactical victory.” (“Analysis From the Standpoint of the Enemy

‘Unification Concept for 2010’,” Joint Force Quarterly, 1997-1998 FallAVinter)


[15] According to the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Report for the fiscal year

1997, there are 20 advanced technological items that obtained Congressional approval: “1, rapid

force delivery systems; 2, precision attack multi-barrel launch systems; 3, high altitude

maximum range unmanned vehicles; 4, medium altitude maximum range unmanned vehicles; 5,

precision target capture signal systems; 6, cruise missile defense; 7, simulated battlefields; 8,

joint counter (submarine) mines; 9, ballistic missile interception with kinetic energy weaponry;

10, advanced technology utilized to formulate a high-level joint plan; 11, battlefront

understanding and data transmission; 12, anti large-scale destruction weapons; 13, air bases

(ports) for the biological weapons defense; 14, advanced navigational systems; 15, combat

discernment; 16, joint rear service; 17, combat vehicle survivability; 18, short life expectancy

and low cost medium-scale transport helicopters; 19, semi-automatic image handling; 20, small-

scale air-fired false targets.”


[16] “What Kind of Army Does the U.S. Army Need in the 21st Century?” Xiao’en Neile

[transliteration as printed 5135 1869 0355 0519] in Army Times, October 16 1995, reviews this

issue in detail.


[17] According to the United States Army Times, “After five years of analysis, study, and

military internal discussion. Army authorities in the end finally formulated a new establishment

for armored units and mechanized mobile units. The new plan is called ‘The 21st Century

Establishment’. …a support headquarters composed of troop units, one armored division, two

mechanized mobile units, artillery units (brigade level), one aviation unit, and one unit for rear

services management and support. The entire division consists of 15,719 men (containing 417

reserve duty personnel).” The personnel putting this establishment together explain that “this

newly planned establishment does not count as a revolutionary establishment… actually it is seen









as a relatively conservative establishment.” (See Army Times, June 22, 1998, Jimu Taisiwen

[transliteration as printed 0679 1191 3141 2448 2429].)


[18] See John R Brinkerhoff, “The Brigade -based New Army,” Parameter Quarterly, Winter



[19] For the detailed viewpoint of the book Break Localized Fronts, see the article by Xiao’en

Neile in the United States Army Times, June 9 1997.


[20] In order to suit the needs of nuclear war and to try to enable troops to carry out combat in

the nuclear battlefield as well as enable survivability, in 1957 the U.S. Army reorganized the

atomic divisions with the group divisions. The entire division was between 1 1,000 and 14,600

men, divided into five combat groups with strong motorization, and all with tactical nuclear

weapons. However, this division’s attack capability on a non-nuclear battlefield was relatively



[21] For the U.S. Air Force expeditionary force concept, see the article by Air Force Brigadier

General William Looney in Air Power Journal, Winter 1996.


[22] Just as the Head of the Naval War Office, Kaiersuo [transliteration as printed 0418 1422

4792], and Army Commander Wangdi [transliteration as printed 5345 6611] said, under the

circumstances of the continual cutting of military spending and fewer and fewer bases abroad,

“the United States needs a unified combat force that is relatively small in scale but rapidly

deployed and easy to assemble and train.” (May 1993, Naval Institute Journal) For the “Naval

Expeditionary Force,” see Marine Corps Magazine, March 1995.


[23] See November 1995, Sea Power, “From Over the Horizon to Over the Beach”: “More Than

Expected Budget Eunds — The U.S. Congress recently agreed to allocate funds in the fiscal year

1996 to build the seventh multi-use amphibious attack vessel, making the Navy very happy.

Because of budgetary limitations, the U.S. Navy plans to wait until 2001 to apply for allocation

for this ship… the Navy originally decided to put off requesting allocation to build the first EPD-

17 amphibious dock transport until the 1998 fiscal year rather than 1996. However, What









exceeded expectations was that Congress voted to approve allocation of US $974 million for this



[24] In 1993, the United States Report on the Complete Investigation of Defense proposed, “The

following troop ‘package’ is enough to handle a large-scale regional conflict: four to five Army

units; four to five ground force expeditionary units; 10 Air Force combat mechanized forces; 100

Air Force heavy bombers; four to five Naval warship combat troops; special combat forces…

other than this, we have proposed a new concept for troops abroad – ‘self-adapted special

establishment unified troops’. According to the requirements of the battle zone command, it is

organized from specially designated Air Force troops, ground troops, and special type combat

troops and Navy troops.”


[25] For the “Joint Doctrine for 2010” put forward in 1996 by the United States joint military

meeting, see Joint Force Quarterly, Summer 1996. In the Winter 1996 edition of Joint Force

Quarterly, Naval War Commander Johnson and Air Force Chief of Staff Fogleman both

expressed support for the “Joint Doctrine for 2010.” Army Chief of Staff Reimer also

immediately put forward the “Army Concept for 2010” in response to the “Joint Doctrine for

2010 .”


[26] See the article, “Reform Will Not Be Smooth Sailing,” by Commander Huofuman

[transliteration as printed 7202 1133 2581] in the United States Naval Institute Journal, January



[27] There is a detailed introduction to “Total Dimensional Warfare” in the 1997 World Military

Almanac, (pp 291-294)


[28] According to the article, “Changes to the Newly Published Draft of ‘Essentials of War’,” by

Xiaoen Neile in the United States Army Times, August 18, 1997.


[29] There probably is only the article, “A Military Theoretical Revolution: The Various

Mutually Active Dimensions of War,” by Antuli’ao Aiqieweiliya [transliteration as printed 1344

0956 0448 1 159 1002 0434 4850 6849 0068], that has pointed out that the “various dimensions”









of war should not be such things as length, breadth, and depth indicated in geometric and space

theory. Instead, it is such factors that are intimately related to war as politics, society,

technology, combat, and logistics. It is too bad, however, that he still centers on the military axis

to look at war and has not formed a breakthrough in war denotation.


[30] At the Strategy Conference held by the United States Army War College in April 1996,

Army Lieutenant Colonel Lonnie Henley wrote a paper for a report entitled 21st Century China:

Strategic Partner… or Opponent. The conclusion was: “In at least the first 25 years of the next

century, China will be unable to carry out a military revolution.” (See the Foreign Military Data

of the Military Science Academy Foreign Military Research Department, June 1997.)









PartTwo: A Discussion of New Methods of Operation


[pp. 121-131 in original]


Therefore, soldiers do not have a constant position, water does not have a constant shape, and to

be able to attain victory in response to the changes of the enemy is called miraculous. -Sun Zi

The direction of warfare is an art similar to a physician seeing a patient. -Fu Le


The expression of “military revolution” is as fashionable as Jordan’s NBA fans. Aside from the

appearance of each new thing having its factors of necessity, I am afraid that even more essential

is that it is related to Americans being adept at creating fashions. The Americans who have

always liked to hold a leading position in the world in terms of various questions are very good

at putting pretty packaging on each perspective thing and then afterwards dumping it on the

whole world. Even though many nations have been anxious about and resisted the invasion of

American culture, yet most have followed suit and completely imitated their views in terms of

the issue of the military revolution. The results are not difficult to predict, and so when the

Americans catch a cold, the entire world sneezes. Because Perry, the former Secretary of the

Department of Defense of the United States, emphasized stealth technology and was renowned

as the “father of the stealth,” when answering the question, “what have been the important

achievements and theoretical breakthroughs in the military revolution of the United States” that

was posed by a visiting scholar from China, he answered without thinking, “it is naturally stealth

and information technology.” Perry’s answer represented the mainstream view of American

military circles — the military revolution is the revolution in military technology. From the view

of those like Perry, it is only necessary to resolve the problem from the technical standpoint of

allowing the soldiers in front of the mountain to know “what was in back of the mountain” and

then this is equivalent to accomplishing this military revolution. [1] Observing, considering, and

resolving problems from the point of view of technology is typical American thinking. Its









advantages and disadvantages are both very apparent, just like the characters of Americans. This

type of idea which equates the technology revolution with the military revolution was displayed

through the form of the Gulf War and had a powerful impact and effect on the militaries

throughout the world. There were hardly any people who were able to maintain sufficient calm

and clarity within this situation, and naturally there could also not be any people who discovered

that the misunderstanding begun by the Americans is now causing a misunderstanding by the

entire world of a widespread global revolution. The slogan of “building the military with high

technology” is like a typhoon of the Pacific Ocean, wherein it lands in more and more countries

[2], and even China, which is on the western coast of the Pacific, also appears to have splashed

up a reverberation during the same period.


It cannot be denied that the military technology revolution is the cornerstone of the military

revolution, and yet it is unable to be viewed as the entirety of the military revolution, for at best

it is the first step of this wild whirlwind entering the course. The highest embodiment and final

completion of the military revolution is summed up in the revolution of military thought, for it

cannot stay on this mundane level of the transformation of military technology and system

formulation. The revolution in military thought is, in the final analysis, a revolution in fighting

forms and methods. The revolution of military technology is fine as is the reform of the

formulated system, but their final results are based upon changes in fighting forms and methods.

Only the completion of this change will be able to signify the maturation of the military

revolution. [3] If the revolution of military technology is called the first stage of the military

revolution, then we are now in the essentially important second stage of this revolution.

Approaching the completion of the revolution of military technology is to a very large degree a

foreshadowing of the beginning of the new stage, which also to a very great extent presents

problems in carrying out ideological work in the first stage: while the revolution of military

technology has allowed one to be able to select measures within a larger range, it has also made

it so that one is threatened by these measures within the same range (this is because the









monopolizing of one type of technology is far more difficult than inventing a type of

technology). These threats have never been like they are today because the measures are diverse

and infinitely changing, and this really gives one a feeling of seeing the enemy behind every tree.

Any direction, measure, or person always possibly becomes a potential threat to the security of a

nation, and aside from being able to clearly sense the existence of the threat, it is very difficult

for one to be clear about the direction from which the threat is coming.


For a long time both military people and politicians have become accustomed to employing a

certain mode of thinking, that is, the major factor posing a threat to national security is the

military power of an enemy state or potential enemy state. However, the wars and major

incidents which have occurred during the last ten years of the 20th century have provided to us in

a calm and composed fashion proof that the opposite is true: military threats are already often no

longer the major factors affecting national security. Even though they are the same ancient

territorial disputes, nationality conflicts, religious clashes, and the delineation of spheres of

power in human history, and are still the several major agents of people waging war from

opposite directions, these traditional factors are increasingly becoming more intertwined with

grabbing resources, contending for markets, controlling capital, trade sanctions, and other

economic factors, to the extent that they are even becoming secondary to these factors. They

comprise a new pattern which threatens the political, economic and military security of a nation

or nations. This pattern possibly does not have the slightest military hue viewed from the outside,

and thus they have been called by certain observers “secondary wars” or “analogous wars.” [4]

However, the destruction which they do in the areas attacked are absolutely not secondary to

pure military wars. In this area, we only need mention the names of lunatics such as George

Soros, bin Laden, Escobar, [Chizuo] Matsumoto, and Kevin Mitnick [5]. Perhaps people already

have no way of accurately pointing out when it first began that the principal actors starting wars

were no longer only those sovereign states, but Japan’s Shinrikyo, the Italian Mafia, extremist

Muslim terrorist organizations, the Columbian or “Golden New Moon” drug cartel, underground









figures with malicious intent, financiers who control large amounts of powerful funds, as well as

psychologically unbalanced individuals who are fixed on a certain target, have obstinate

personalities, and stubborn characters, all of whom can possibly become the creators of a

military or non-military war. The weapons used by them can be airplanes, cannons, poison gas,

bombs, biochemical agents, as well as computer viruses, net browsers, and financial derivative

tools. In a word, all of the new warfare methods and strategic measures which can be provided

by all of the new technology may be utilized by these fanatics to carry out all forms of financial

attacks, network attacks, media attacks, or terrorist attacks. Most of these attacks are not military

actions, and yet they can be completely viewed as or equal to warfare actions which force other

nations to satisfy their own interests and demands. These have the same and even greater

destructive force than military warfare, and they have already produced serious threats different

from the past and in many directions for our comprehensible national security.


Given this situation, it is only necessary to broaden the view slightly, wherein we will be able to

see that national security based upon regionalism is already outmoded. The major threat to

national security is already far from being limited to the military aggression of hostile forces

against the natural space of one’s country. In terms of the extent of the drop in the national

security index, when we compare Thailand and Indonesia, which for several months had

currency devaluations of several tens of percentage points and economies near bankruptcy, with

Iraq, which suffered the double containment of military attacks and economic boycott, I fear

there was not much difference. Even the United States, which is the only superpower which has

survived after the Cold War, has also realized that the strongest nation is often the one with the

most enemies and the one threatened the most. In the National Defense Reports of the United

States for several consecutive fiscal years, aside from listing “the strong regional nations hostile

to American interests” in order of ten major threats, they also consider “terrorism, subversive

activities and anarchistic conditions which threaten the stability of the federal government,

threats to American prosperity and economic growth, illegal drug trade, and international









crimes” as threats to the United States. As a result, they have expanded the multi-spatial search

range of possible threats to security. [6] Actually, it is not only the United States but all nations

which worship the view of modern sovereignty that have already unconsciously expanded the

borders of security to a multiplicity of domains, including politics, economics, material

resources, nationalities, religion, culture, networks, geography, environment, and outer space,

etc. [7] This type of “extended domain view” is a premise for the survival and development of

modern sovereign nations as well as for their striving to have influence in the world. By contrast,

the view of using national defense as the main target of security for a nation actually seems a bit

outmoded, and at the least is quite insufficient. Corresponding to the “extended domain view”

should be the new security concept of omnibearing inclusion of national interests. What it

focuses on is certainly not limited to the issue of national security but rather brings the security

needs in many areas including the political security, economic security, cultural security, and

information security of the nation into one’s own target range. This is a “large security view”

which raises the traditional territorial domain concept to the view of the interest domain of the



The increased load of this type of large security view brings with it complications of the target as

well as the means and methods for realizing the target. As a result, the national strategy for

ensuring the realization of national security targets, namely, what is generally called grand

strategy, also necessitates carrying out adjustments which go beyond military strategies and even

political strategies. Such a strategy takes all things into consideration that are involved in each

aspect of the security index of the interests of the entire nation, as well as superimposes political

(national will, values, and cohesion) and military factors on the economy, culture, foreign

relations, technology, environment, natural resources, nationalities, and other parameters before

one can draw out a complete “extended domain” which superposes both national interests and

national security – a large strategic situation map.









Anyone who stands in front of this situation map will suddenly have a feeling of lamenting one’s

smallness before the vast ocean: how can one type of uniform and singular means and method

possibly be used to realize such a voluminous and expansive area, such complex and even self-

conflicting interests, and such intricate and even mutually repelling targets? For example, how

can the military means of “blood letting politics” spoken of by Clausewitz be used to resolve the

financial crisis of Southeast Asia? Or else how can hackers who come and go like shadows on

the Internet be dealt with using the same type of method? The conclusion is quite evident that

only possessing a sword to deal with national security on a large visible level of security is no

longer sufficient. One log cannot prop up a tottering building. The security vault of a modern

national building is far from being able to be supported by the singular power of one pillar. The

key to its standing erect and not collapsing lies in whether it can to a large extent form composite

force in all aspects related to national interest. Moreover, given this type of composite force, it is

also necessary to have this type of composite force to become the means which can be utilized

for actual operations. This should be a “grand warfare method” which combines all of the

dimensions and methods in the two major areas of military and non-military affairs so as to carry

out warfare. This is opposite of the formula for warfare methods brought forth in past wars. As

soon as this type of grand warfare method emerged, it was then necessary to bring forth a totally

new form of warfare which both includes and surpasses all of the dimensions influencing

national security. However, when we analyze its principle, it is not complex and is merely a

simple matter of combination. “The Way produced the one, the one produced the two, the two

produced the three, and the three produced the ten thousand things.” Whether it is the two or the

three or the ten thousand things, it is always the result of combination. With combination there is

abundance, with combination there are a myriad of changes, and with combination there is

diversity. Combination has nearly increased the means of modern warfare to the infinite, and it

has basically changed the definition of modern warfare bestowed by those in the past: warfare

carried out using modern weapons and means of operation. This means that while the increase of









the measures shrinks the effects of weapons, it also amplifies the concept of modern warfare. I

am afraid that most of the old aspirations of gaining victory through military means when

confronted with a war, wherein the selection of means to the range of the battlefield is greatly

extended, will fall into emptiness and “be marginally within the mountain” [zhi yuan shen zai ci

shan zhong 0662 4878 6500 0961 2974 1472 0022]. What all those military people and

politicians harboring wild ambitions of victory must do is to expand their field of vision, judge

the hour and size up the situation, rely upon adopting the major warfare method, and clear away

the miasma of the traditional view of war —


Go to the mountain and welcome the sunrise.




[1] When Senior Colonel Chen Bojiang, a research fellow at the Institute of Military Science,

was visiting scholars in the United States, he visited a group of very important persons in the

American military. Chen Bojiang asked Perry: “What are the most important achievements and

breakthroughs that have been brought on by the American military revolution?” Perry answered:

“The most important breakthrough is of course the stealth technology. It is a tremendous

breakthrough. However, I want to say that in a completely different area something of equal

importance is the invention of information technology. Information technology has resolved the

problem which has needed to be resolved by soldiers for several centuries, namely: what is

behind the next mountain? The progress on solving this problem has been very slow for several

centuries. The progress of technology has been extremely rapid over the last ten years, wherein

there have been revolutionary methods for resolving this problem.” (National Defense University

Journal, 1998, No. 1 1, p. 44) As a professor in the College of Engineering of Stanford

University, Perry is naturally more willing to observe and understand the military revolution

from the technical viewpoint. He is no doubt a proponent of technology in the military










[2] It was pointed out in the “Summary of the Military Situation” in the 1997 World Military

Yearbook that: “A special breakthrough point in the military situation in 1995-1996 was that

some major nations began to stress “using high technology to build the military” within the

framework of the quality building of the military. The United States used the realization of

battlefield digitization as the goal to establish the policy of using high technology to build the

military. Japan formulated the new self-defense troop reorganization and outfitting program and

required the establishment of a “highly technological crack military force.” Germany brought

forth the De’erpei [transliteration as printed 1795 1422 5952] Report seeking to realize

breakthroughs in eight sophisticated techniques. France proposed a new reform plan so as to

raise the “technical quality” of military troops. England and Russia have also taken actions; some

medium and small nations have also actually purchased advanced weapons attempting to have

the technical level of the military “get in position in one step.” (1997 World Military Affairs

Yearbook, People’s Liberation Army Press, 1997, p. 2)


[3] Aside from the view which equates the military technology revolution with the military

revolution, many people are even more willing to view the military revolution as the combined

product of new technology, the new establishment of the military, and new military thought. For

example, Steven Maizi [transliteration as printed 7796 5417] and Thomas Kaiweite

[transliteration as printed 0418 4850 3676] said in their report entitled Strategy and the Military

Revolution: From Theory to Policy: “The so-called military revolution is composed of the

simultaneous and mutually promoting changes in the areas of military technology, weapon

systems, combat methods and the troop organization system, wherein there is a leap (or sudden

change) of the fighting efficiency of the military.” (Research report of the Strategic Institute of

the American Army Military College entitled Strategy and the Military Revolution: From Theory

to Policy) It is also considered in a research report of the American Research Center for Strategy

and International Issues related to the military revolution that the military revolution is the









combined result of many factors. Toffler equates the military revolution with the substitution of

civilization being somewhat large and impractical.


[4] See Zhao Ying’s The New View of National Security.


[5] George Soros is a financial speculator; bin Laden is an Islamic terrorist; Escobar is a

notorious distant drug smuggler; [Chizuo] Matsumoto is the founder of the heterodox “Aum

Shinrikyo” in Japan; and Kevin Mitnick is the renowned computer hacker.


[6] The Secretary of Defense of the United States mentioned the various threats confronting the

United States in each National Defense Report for the 1996, 1997, and 1998 fiscal years.

However, this type of wide angle view is actually not a standard of observation which Americans

can self-consciously maintain. In May of 1997, it was pointed out in “The Global Security

Environment,” the first section of the Eour Year Defense Investigation Report published by the

Department of Defense of the United States, that the security of the United States will be facing a

series of challenges. Eirst will be the threats coming from Iraq, Iran, the Middle East, and the

Korean Peninsula; second is the spread of sensory technology such as nuclear, biological and

chemical weapons as well as projection technology, information warfare technology, stealth

technology, etc.; third is terrorist activity, illegal drug trade, crimes by international

organizations, and out-of-control immigration; fourth is the threat of large-scale antipersonnel

weapons. “Nations which will be able to rival the United States will not possibly appear prior to

the year 2015, and yet after 2015, there will possibly appear a regionally strong nation or a

global enemy well-matched in strength. Some consider that even if the prospects of Russia and

China are unforeseeable, yet it is possible that they could become this type of enemy.” This

report, which is a joint effort by the office of the Secretary of the Department of Defense and the

Joint Chiefs of Staff, is naturally still wallowing in the so-called military threat which is half-real

and half-imaginary. In analyzing the threats of the 1997 United States’ National Military Strategy

formed from this report, there is a special section which mentions “unknown factors” and shows

that the Americans are anxious and fearful of future threats.









[7] Xiaomohan Malike [transliteration as printed 1420 5459 3352 7456 0448 0344] of Australia

pointed out that the seven tendencies which will influence national security during the 21st

century are: globalized economy; the globalized spread of technology; the globalized tide of

democracy; polarized international politics; changes in the nature of international systems;

changes in security concepts; and changes in the focal points of conflicts. The combined effects

of these tendencies form the sources of the two categories of conflict threatening security in the

Asian-Pacific Region. The first category is the source of traditional conflicts: the struggle for

hegemony by large nations; the expansion of nationalism by successful nations; disputes over

territorial and maritime rights and interests; economic competition; and the proliferation of large-

scale destructive weapons. The second category is the new sources of future conflicts:

nationalism (racism) in declining nations; conflicts in cultural religious beliefs; the spread of

lethal light weapons; disputes over petroleum, fishing, and water resources; the tide of refugees

and population flows; ecological disasters; and terrorism. All of these pose multiple threats to

nations in the 21st century. The view of this Australian regarding national security is slightly

higher than that of the American officials. (See the United States’ Comparative Strategies, 1997,

No. 16, for details.)









Chapter 5 New Methodology of War Games


[pp. 132-163 in original]


The great masters of warfare techniques during the 21st century will be those who employ

innovative methods to recombine various capabilities so as to attain tactical, campaign and

strategic goals. – Yier Tierfude


Everything is changing. We believe that the age of a revolution in operating methods, wherein all

of the changes involved in the explosion of technology, the replacement of weapons, the

development of security concepts, the adjustment of strategic targets, the obscurity of the

boundaries of the battlefield, and the expansion of the scope and scale of non-military means and

non-military personnel involved in warfare are focused on one point, has already arrived. This

revolution is not seeking operating methods which coordinate with each type of change, but

rather is finding a common operating method for all of these changes. In other words, finding a

new methodology which uses one method to deal with the myriad changes of future wars. [1]


Flicking Away the Cover of the Clouds of War


Who has seen tomorrow’s war? No one. However, its various scenes have already passed through

the mouths of many prophets and have been frozen on the our mental screens like a vulgar

cartoon. From the strangling warfare of satellites in space orbits to the angular pursuits of nuclear

submarines in the deep areas of the oceans; from the precision bombs released by stealth

bombers to the cruise missiles fired from a Zeus Shield Cruiser, they cover the heavens and the

earth, and they can be said to be too numerous to enumerate. The most representative of them is

the description of a field maneuver exercise with troops carried out by a digitized unit of the

American military at the Fort Irwin National Training Center:


With the command center’s digitized units acting as the “blue troops,” the computer was

continuously inputting and processing information transmitted from satellites and “Joint Star”









aircraft; the early warning planes monitored the entire air space; the fighter bombers guided by

satellites and early warning planes used precision missiles to attack targets; the armored forces

and armored helicopters alternated initiating three-dimensional attacks against the enemy; the

infantry soldiers used laptop computers to receive commands and used automatic weapons fired

with sighting devices carried on helmets; and the most splendid scene was actually one soldier

who successively attacked five mice and led the strong fire power of his own artillery and airmen

towards a group of enemy tanks on another side of the ridge. His computer screen displayed [the

results] : the enemy tanks had already been hit.


Called the “21st Century Army” and “blue troops” with fully digitized equipment and conducted

in the Mojave Desert, the final result of this exercise was one win, one draw, and six losses, but

the “21st Century Army” and “blue troops” lost to the traditionally equipped “red troops.”

However, this did not prevent Secretary of Defense Cohen from announcing in a news release

after the conclusion of the exercise that: I consider that you are all witnessing a military

revolution here. … [2]


It is obvious that the military revolution referred to by Cohen is identical to the warfare

understood by those prophets that we previously mentioned.


The winner always likes to coast on the path of victory. Like the French military which relied

upon climbing out of the trenches at Verdun to win World War One and hoped that the next war

would be carried out the same at the Maginot Line, the American military which won a victory in

the Gulf War also hopes to continue the “Desert Storm” type addiction during the 21st century.

Although each calculation won glory like that of Schwartzkopf, all of the American generals

understand that it is not possible for wars in the next century to be simple replays of the Gulf

War. It was for this reason that they began to carry out replacements of the weaponry of the

United States’ military even before the smoke cleared, and they also made adjustments to the

original combat theories and organizational system. Military people throughout the world saw

the framework of the future American military and the concept of American style warfare from









The Concept of Joint Forces in the Year 2010 to The Army of the Future. Taking into

consideration the loftiness of the hall, then this is quite out of the ordinary [that is, the superiority

of the American military force, like a majestic hall, is overwhelming]. It was little imagined that

the blind spot in the visual field of the Americans would just appear here.


To date, the trends of the development of the weaponry of the United States military, the changes

in defense policies, the evolution of combat theories, the renewal of ordinances and regulations,

and the views of high-level commanders are all following along quickly on one path. They

affirm that military means are the final means for resolving future conflicts, and the disputes

between all nations will ultimately end up with two large armies meeting on the battlefield.


Given this premise, the American military is requiring itself to nearly simultaneously win wars in

two battle areas, and they have done a great deal of preparation for this. [3] The problem is who

is there in the Pentagon, like the former Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Bower, who so

clearly recognized that the United States was focusing most of its energies in again fighting a

“cold type war which would never come again” and was very possibly using its own strength in

the wrong direction? [4] This is because the international trend at the end of the 20th century is

clearly displayed. As practically existing, the age of wars being a matter of moving weapons and

soldiers has still not been translated into history, but as a concept it has already begun to

noticeably fall behind. Following the increase in the number of international treaties limiting the

arms race and the proliferation of weapons, the United Nations and regional international

organizations have enlarged their intervention power in local wars and regional conflicts and

relatively decreased the military threat to national security; on the contrary, the springing up of

large amounts of new high technology will actually greatly increase the possibility of non-

military measures threatening national security, and the international community which is at a

loss of what to do upon being confronted with non-military threats with such destruction no less

than that of a war at the least lacks necessary and effective limitations. This has objectively

accelerated the occurrence of non-military wars, and at the same time it has also resulted in the









old concepts and systems of national security being on the brink of collapse. Aside from the

increasingly intense terrorist attacks, as well as the hacker wars, financial wars and computer

virus wars which will dominate the future, there are also the present various types of “new

concept wars” to which it is difficult to fix a name and are already sufficient to have the security

view of “resisting the enemy outside of one’s national gate” become something of the past in the

space of an evening.


It is not the case that American military circles have not noticed this advantage of eliminating the

enemy against military and non-military threats (we have already referred above to several

National Defense Reports for several fiscal years by the Defense Department of the United

States), and yet they have pushed the resolution of the latter problem on to the politicians and the

Central Intelligence Agency so that they have retreated from the existing all dimensional wars,

non-combatant military operations, and other new views. They have tightened up more and more

so that they have shrunk into a watching tree hung full with various types of sophisticated

weapon fruits waiting alone for a muddle-headed and idiotic rabbit to come and knock into it.

However, after Saddam knocked himself dizzy at the bottom of this tree, who else is there who

would become the second type of this rabbit?


Given their state of mind of “looking around in the dark with daggers drawn,” the American

soldiers who had lost their opponent due to the collapse of the former Soviet Union are

vehemently searching for a reason not to allow themselves to be “unemployed.” This is because

from the generals to the common soldiers, from the spear of attack to the shield of defense, from

major strategies to minor methods of operation, everything that the American military does is

done in preparation of gaining victory in a major war. It should not be said that as soon as there

were no longer two armies facing off against each other that American military circles and even

the American Congress would produce an empty feeling at having lost their goal. The result was

that without an enemy, one still had to be created. Therefore, even if it is a tiny area such as

Kosovo, they cannot pass up an opportunity to try out their frosty blades. American military









circles, which are digging deeper and deeper into the insoluble problem of either using force or

not using any at all, seems, after stretching their own tentacles from war regions to the realm of

non-combat military actions, to no longer be willing to extend themselves to a far distance, and

are now in the realm of forming non-military warfare. This is possibly owing to a lack of

sensitivity to new things and also possibly a result of work habit, and even more so possibly due

to limitations in thinking. Regardless of the reason, the American soldier always locks his own

field of vision in the range covered by war clouds, and this is an indisputable fact.


Even though the United States bears the brunt of being faced with the threat of this type of non-

military war and has been the injured party time after time, yet what is surprising is that such a

large nation unexpectedly does not have a unified strategy and command structure to deal with

the threat. What makes one even more so wonder whether to laugh or cry is that unexpectedly

they have 49 departments and offices responsible for anti-terrorist activities, but there is very

little coordination and cooperation among them. Other nations are not that much better than the

United States in this area. The allocations and basic investment directions of various nations for

security needs are still only limited to the military and intelligence and political departments, but

there are few and pitiful investments in other directions. Again using the United States as an

example, it uses seven billion dollars in funds for anti-terrorism which is only 1/25 of the

US$250 billion military expenditure.


Regardless of how each nation turns a deaf ear to the pressing threat of non-military warfare, this

objective fact is encroaching upon the existence of mankind one step at a time, expanding and

spreading based on its own pattern and speed. It is not necessary to point it out as people will

discover that when mankind focuses more attention on calling for peace and limiting wars, many

of the origins are the things in our peaceful lives which all begin one after another to change into

lethal weapons which destroy peace. Even those golden rules and precious precepts which we

have always upheld also begin to reveal a contrary tendency and become a means for some

nations to be able to launch attacks against other nations or certain organizations and individuals









to do so against the entire society. It is similar to [the following scenarios] : when there is a

computer then there is a computer virus, and when there is currency there is monetary

speculation, freedom of faith and religious extremism and heretical religions, common human

rights and national sovereignty, free economics and trade protection, national autonomy and

global unification, national enterprises versus transnational corporations, information

liberalization and information boundaries, and the sharing of knowledge and the monopoly of

technology. It is possible for each field that at any moment tomorrow there will break out a war

where different groups of people are fighting at close quarters. The battlefield is next to you and

the enemy is on the network. Only there is no smell of gunpowder or the odor of blood.

However, it is war as before, because it accords with the definition of modern warfare: forcing

the enemy to satisfy one’s own interests. It is very obvious that none of the soldiers in any one

nation possesses sufficient mental preparation against this type of new war which completely

goes beyond military space. However, this is actually a severe reality which all soldiers must



The new threats require new national security views, and new security views then necessitate

soldiers who first expand their fields of vision prior to expanding their victories. This is a matter

of wiping away the long narrow cloud covering of war cast over one’s eyes.


The Destruction of Rules and the Domain of Losing Effectiveness


As an extreme means for resolving conflicts of survival and interests, war has always been the

beast truly tamed by mankind. On the one hand, it is the street cleaner of the ecological chain of

society, and on the other hand, it is also the directly-formed threat facing the survival of

mankind. How can we order it about without being harmed by it? Over the last several thousand

years, and especially in the 20th century, during the intervals between the fires of war, there has

always been one matter pursued: making efforts to lock the beast in the cage. It is for this reason

that people have formulated innumerable treaties and rules. From the famous Geneva









Convention to the United Nations and to the present, they have begun to continuously make

various resolutions concerning war, erected one railing after another on the roads of crazy and

bloody wars, and have wanted to utilize international laws and regulations to control the harm of

war to mankind to the lowest level, from specifically not allowing the use biochemical weapons,

not allowing the indiscriminate killing of civilians, not allowing the mistreatment of prisoners,

and limiting the use of land mines, etc. to the widespread opposition to the use of military force

or the threat of the use of force in handling national relations issues. All of these regulations are

gradually becoming accepted by each nation. The most commendable of these is a series of

treaties on nuclear non-proliferation, the banning of nuclear testing, bilateral and multilateral

reduction of nuclear weapons, etc. which have to date resulted in mankind avoiding entrance into

a nuclear winter. At the conclusion of the Cold War, the entire world was overjoyed and

considered that a “fearful peace” was being entered from this. After Schwartzkopf used a “storm”

fist to down Saddam on the Gulf fighting stage. President Bush was elated with success: “The

new order of the world has already withstood its first test.” He was like Chamberlain returning

from Munich announcing that mankind will “get together in a world having the hope of peace.”

What was the result? Like Chamberlain, he also boasted too early. [5]


Regardless of whether it is the end of the Cold War or the Gulf War, neither was able to bring

about the promises of politicians to the world and the new international order anticipated by all

of mankind. The collapse of the polarized world resulted in the beasts of local wars roaring out

of their cages one by one drenching the nations and regions of Rwanda, Somalia, Bohei,

Chechen, Congo and Kosovo in pools of blood. People had again discovered by this time how

the efforts for peace over several thousand years could collapse at one single blow !


The appearance of this type of situation is related to the practical attitude embraced by each

nation concerning the establishment of international rules. Whether or not each nation

acknowledges the rules often depends on whether or not they are beneficial to themselves. Small

nations hope to use the rules to protect their own interests, while large nations attempt to utilize









the rules to control other nations. When the rules are not in accord with the interests of one’s own




nation, generally speaking, the breaking of the rules by small nations can be corrected by large

nations in the name of enforcers of the law. However, when large nations break the rules, for

example the United States enforcing supranational laws in Panama, wherein it grabbed the head

of another nation and brought him to be tried in their own nation. Another example is India’s

disregard of the nuclear test ban treaty, wherein it swallowed up the Himalayan nation of Sikkim,

which was a similar action to Iraq swallowing up Kuwait. The international community time and

again only sighed in despair, being at a loss of what to do. [6] However, in any matter, there is

always its unbeatable rival and natural enemy which is aptly reflected in the Chinese popular

saying: brine forms the bean curd, and one thing always overcomes another. In the international

community, the participation by large nations, when facing the weak and powerless, in the

formulation and the utilization of rules as well as the disregard and even destruction of rules

when the rules are not advantageous to them, form a fresh contrast with the springing up of those

non-state forces who do not acknowledge any rules and specialize in taking the existing national

order as their goal of destruction. As the natural enemy of the international community, and

especially large nations, while they threaten the survival of mankind, they also produce minute

effects on the balance of society and the ecology. In other words, these non-state forces serve as

a type of socially destructive force which both destroys the normal international order and

restrains the destruction of the international community by those large nations. For example,

there were the warning intrusions of nameless hackers [7] to the web site of the National Defense

Ministry of India after it carried out nuclear tests and the terrorist act by the rich Moslem Osama

bin Laden because of his dissatisfaction with the presence of the United States in the Middle

East. Even though it is still difficult for us now to delineate the positive and negative effects of

these actions, yet it can be determined that all of these actions carry irresponsible and destructive

characteristics which disregard rules.









The direct result of the destruction of rules is that the domains delineated by visible or invisible

boundaries which are acknowledged by the international community lose effectiveness. This is

because all principals without national power who employ non-military warfare actions to

declare war against the international community all use means that go beyond nations, regions

and measures. Visible national boundaries, invisible internet space, international law, national

law, behavioral norms, and ethical principles, have absolutely no restraining effects on them.

They are not responsible to anyone, nor limited by any rules, and there is no disgrace when it

comes to the selection of targets, nor are there any means which are not used. Owing to the

surreptitious nature of their movements, they have very strong concealment, create widespread

damage because of their extreme behavior, and appear unusually cruel as a result of their

indiscriminate attacks on civilians. All of this is also broadcast through real time via continuous

coverage by the modern media which very much strengthens the effects of terrorism. When

carrying out war with these people, there is no declaration of war, no fixed battlefield, no face-

to-face fighting and killing, and in the majority of situations, there will be no gunpowder smoke,

gun fire, and spilling of blood. However, the destruction and injuries encountered by the

international community are in no way less than those of a military war.


Following the gradual fading out of the old terrorists who specialized in kidnapping,

assassination, and hijacking, new forces of terrorism quickly appeared and very rapidly filled in

the vacuum left by their predecessors. During a short period of over ten years, they transformed

from being persons of nameless origins to world public nuisances, with the chief among them

being computer hackers. The popularization of personal computers, and especially the formation

of the internet, has resulted in the malicious acts of hackers increasingly endangering the existing

social order. The hackers we speak of here refer to those network killers who steal information,

delete and change files, release viruses, transfer capital, and destroy programs on the network. In

order to differentiate them from the non-malicious hackers, we should perhaps call the former

“network bandits” or “network tyrants” which would be much more accurate. Their powers of









destroying the present world are shocking. Early, in 1988, when the hackers were first beginning

their activities and people did not know anything about their danger, the very small “worm”

designed by Robert Morris completely paralyzed 6000 computers of the military and civilian

computer systems throughout the United States, including the “Long-Range Planning Office” of

the United States’ Department of Defense, the Research Center of the Rand Corporation, and

Harvard University. Afterwards, this type of event began to appear one after another in the

internet connections of nations and regions. Since the United States government began to

seriously attack network crimes in 1990, not only have hacker activities not witnessed any

decrease, but on the contrary, they have spread globally and have the great force of a forest fire.

It is worth noting that following the “Information Warfare” ordinance of the American military,

which placed enemy nation armies or world opponents on a par with non-approved users, inside

personnel, terrorists, non-national organizations, and foreign intelligence organizations as the six

sources of network threats, hackers with national or military backgrounds had already begun to

reveal clues. [8] This not only greatly strengthened the battle formations of the hackers so that

the actions of the disbanded and straggling hackers quickly escalated into national (network

tyrant) actions, it also resulted in the increasing enlargement of the internet threat faced by all

nations (including those nations with national or military hackers), and it becoming increasingly

difficult to predict and guard against. The only thing which could be predicted was that the

damage of this type of threat to the large network nation of the United States would certainly be

greater than for other nations. Faced with theses prospects, even J. Saiteerdou [as printed 1049

3676 1422 6757], who is responsible for the investigation of computer crimes in the FBI of the

United States, said with both self-confidence and worry: “Give me ten carefully chosen hackers,

and within 90 days I would then be able to have this nation lay down its arms and surrender.”

When compared with “network bandits” — these network terrorist hackers — the terror of the

bombs of bin Laden are closer to the traditional terrorism in legacy. However, this does not

prevent us from considering him to be within the ranks of new terrorism. This is because aside









from the religious or even heterodox teaching background and tendency to oppose control by

large nations, from the person of bin Laden himself, we can see the shadows of those old fighters

who make loud and empty boasts, are so fond of the limelight, and make use of light weapons

and a single method, but in other areas they cannot be spoken of in the same breath. Prior to the

major bombings at the American embassies in Nairobi and Dares Salaam which shocked the

world, the name of bin Laden was still not listed in the name list of the 30 terrorist organizations

published by the International Anti-Terrorist Organization, and even though earlier he already

had many murder cases attributed to him, he was only a “nameless hero” in the Islamic world,

owing to his having not boasted of them. Even after the Americans had already launched cruise

missiles at him and issued an arrest warrant, he still repeatedly denied that he was personally

connected with the bombing cases. “Concealing oneself and shielding,” having weightier results,

and unexpectedly gaining an undeserved reputation are perhaps the first major characteristics of

the new bin Laden type terrorist organizations. In addition, having learned how to use economic

means and taking advantage of the loopholes in the free economics initiated by the West, they set

up management-type companies and banks and engage in large-scale drug trafficking and

smuggling, the resale of munitions, the printing of large amounts of forged currency, and rely on

the contributions of religious followers to attain stable capital resources. [9] On this basis, the

tentacles of these new terrorist organizations extend to even wider areas, and the means are also

diversified, such as widely using religious and heretical organizations to develop their own

media for propaganda, setting up anti-government militia organizations, etc. The easy

accomplishment of raising funds guarantees that they will be able to attain and master large

amounts of high technology means so that they will be able to kill even more people with great

ease. Even though the vast majority of the attacks they have launched to date have been aimed at

the rich nations and Western nations, especially the large nations which have the capability to

control other nations, yet they are a common threat to the existing order, the destruction of

commonly acknowledged rules, and to the international community. It can be seen from known









conditions that these new developing terrorist organizations are merely several black waves

turning over within the new global terrorist activities. It can be confirmed that there are even

greater turbid currents which we do not know about surging under the water surface.


Newly converging into this counter current are the international financial speculators. Although

there is still no one at present listing these immaculately dressed and dapper fellows in the ranks

of terrorists, yet in terms of their actions and the calamitous consequences they have caused in

England, Mexico and Southeast Asia, none of those types, such as the “bandits” and bin Laden,

can even hold a candle to them. Taking the big financial crocodiles as represented by Soros, on

the strength of a daily business volume exceeding US$120 billion in floating capital, he used

financial derivative methods as well as free economic regulations to repeatedly change his

attitude and play tricks to foment trouble, so as to bring about one financial upheaval after

another. As a result, the area of harmed nations gradually enlarged from Southeast Asia to Russia

and then to Japan, and finally to Europe and the United States, which were watching from the

sidelines and were also unable to escape by sheer luck, so that the existing world financial

system and economic order were fundamentally shaken and it had already become another new

disaster threatening human society and international security. [10] The typical characteristics of

terrorism including being transnational, concealed, without rules, and tremendously destructive,

have given us reason to call it financial terrorism.


Before the tremendous state apparatus, terrorists and their organizations are perhaps not worth

mentioning in terms of numbers of peoples and methods, but in fact there is not one country

which dares to look at them lightly. The reason is that this is a group of maniacs which does not

act according to the rules. A terrorist organization which possesses nuclear weapons is definitely

much more dangerous than a nation with the same nuclear weapons. The creed of bin Laden is

“If I die, then I will also not let others live,” and therefore, he would then stop at nothing, so that

in order to kill over ten Americans he would also drench several thousand innocent people in a

pool of blood. Soros’s logic is “I entered the room to steal money because your door was not









locked.” In this way, he does not have to be responsible for destroying the economies of other

nations and throwing the political order of others into disarray.


For bin Laden who hides under the hills of Islamic fundamentalism, Soros who conceals himself

within the forests of free economics, and the computer hackers who hide themselves in the green

curtains of networks, no national boundaries exist, and borders also are ineffective. What they

want to do is carry out wanton destruction within a regulated sphere and act wildly and run

amuck within an unregulated sphere. These new terrorist forces have formed an unprecedented

serious challenge to the existing world order, and in turn they have made us doubt to a certain

degree the logical production of a fixed order. Perhaps those who check the destruction of rules

and those who revise the rules are both necessary. This is because any destruction of rules

always brings on new problems which need to be rigorously dealt with. In an age when an old

order is about to be removed, those in the lead are frequently those who are the first to destroy

the rules or those who are the earliest to adapt to this situation. Naturally, in this respect, the new

terrorists have already walked to the head of the international community.


The most ideal method of operation for dealing with an enemy who pays no regard to the rules is

certainly just being able to break through the rules. Recently, in coming to grips with enemies

which appear and disappear in the domain of non-military warfare, the Americans have utilized

cruise missiles, the Hong Kong government has used foreign currency reserves and

administrative measures, and the British government has broken conventions so as to allow their

secret service organizations to “legally” assassinate the leaders of foreign nations who they

consider to be terrorists. This reveals an updating of the rules and a changing of the methods of

operation. However, it also reveals the weaknesses of dullness in thinking and singleness in

method. It is said that the Americans have already decided to employ hacking methods to search

for and seal up the bank accounts of bin Laden in various nations, so as to basically cut off his

source of capital. This is no doubt a breakthrough in method of operation which goes beyond the

military domain. However, we must also say that in this area, the new and old terrorists who









consistently uphold the principle of resorting to every conceivable means are still the best

teachers of each nation’s government.


Cocktail in the Great Master’s Cup


King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty three thousand years ago and Alexander the Great over two

thousand years ago definitely would not have known what a cocktail was, and yet they were both

masters of mixing “cocktails” on the battlefield. This is because, like mixing a cocktail, they

were adept at ingeniously combining two or more battlefield factors together, throwing them into

battle, and gaining victories. 1+1 is the most elementary and also the most ancient combination

method. Long spears and round shields can prepare a soldier for both attack and defense and give

a basis for advancing and retreating; two people comprise a unit, wherein “soldiers with long

weapons are used for defense and those with short weapons are used for holding positions,” a

pair of soldiers coordinate with each other, and then form the smallest tactical unit. [11] The

knight Don Quixote and his attendant Sancho signify that the separation of work of the general

and the light soldier had already been formed, and thus the team could set off on a long journey

to dispel evil for the imaginary princess. Such a simple combination embodies the profound

theory of infinite changes on the battlefield. From cold weapons to hot weapons and then on to

nuclear weapons and up to the combination of the so-called high technology weapons of today,

the musical instrument in the victorious magical hand has always accompanied the entire history

of warfare secretly influencing the outcome of each war. King Wu attacked Zhuo with 300

military vehicles, 3,000 brave warriors, and 45,000 armored soldiers which was far less than the

several hundred thousand foot soldiers of King Zhuo of the Shang Dynasty. However, this small

army composed of both vehicles and soldiers became the cornerstone of the Zhou kingdom,

because the proper combination greatly strengthened the combat strength in the wilderness war

and became the evidence of the earliest combination war which we were able to find 3,120 years

later. Given that this was the case in the East, the West was no exception. The reason why









Alexander was able to defeat a large army during one decisive battle at Abeila was because he

made adaptations just before going into battle, wherein a linear pushing square matrix changed

so that the opponent was taken by surprise. His method was very simple. The position of the

cavalry shifted back and obliquely along the two flanks of the square matrix forming a “hollow

large square matrix,” so that the flexibility of the cavalry and the stability of the foot soldiers

achieved the ideal combination in a unique battle array wherein each developed their individual

strengths most incisively. The result was naturally that Alexander, whose military force was at a

comparative disadvantage, ultimately drank heartily the cup of victory. [12]


When perusing the military history of both East and West, we never find the expression

“combination” in any of the descriptions related to methods of operation. However, all of the

great masters of warfare throughout the ages seem to have instinctively known this principle

well. The King of Sweden Gustav was the most highly praised military reformer at the beginning

of the firearms period. All of the reforms that he carried out in terms of battle array and weapons

deployment used the combination method. He very early realized that the falling behind of the

lancers and arranging them together in battle array with the firearm soldiers allowed the former

to be able to provide cover for the later between shootings. This developed the strengths of each

to the greatest limits. He also often had mixed groupings of light cavalry, heavy cavalry and

firearm soldiers who took turns initiating charges against the enemy’s skirmish line under the

heavy smoke of artillery fire. This king was later called the “first great field artillery expert,” and

he understood even better the functions and effects of artillery as the basis for engaging in

battles. He took the light artillery as a combination of “regimental artillery” and infantry allowing

the heavy artillery to independently form an army, and the seemingly separately deployed light

and heavy artillery actually formed a perfectly integrated combination within the entire range of

the battlefield. It can truly be said that the effects of the artillery were developed to the ultimate

during that period. [13]









However, all of this occurred prior to the appearance of the expert of artillery technique

Napoleon. When compared with the short Corsican who pushed over 20,000 cannons on to the

battlefield, the 200 guns in the hands of Gustav can only be seen as “a small sorcerer in the

presence of a great one.” During the period from 1793 to 1814, a total of 20 years, no one

understood cannons as completely as did Napoleon. No one was able to understand those under

his command more precisely than this commander, and naturally there was no one who could

fully combine the lethal force of artillery and the maneuverability of cavalry, as well as the

loyalty and bravery of Commander Davout and the fierceness of Commander Murat to forge an

offensive force which would make all of their enemies flee at the very sight of them, and change

the French army into a fighting machine with which none in all of Europe could compete. This

machine was used from Austerlitz to Borodino to formulate the myth that Napoleon won nearly

every battle. [14]


General Schwartzkopf who created the miracle of a major battle in which only over one hundred

soldiers were lost cannot be considered to be on the great master level. However, his luck

appears to have been as good as all of the masters of military techniques. Actually, what was

really important was not luck, but rather that this commander led a large modern army which,

like his predecessors, even more so gave importance to the combination of the important

elements of warfare. This is because during the 1990’s the cards which he held in his hand were

many more than those held by his predecessors. For him, the key to driving the Iraqi army out of

Kuwait, restoring the life line of oil to the West, and regenerating America’s influence in the

Middle East, depended on how to ingenuously use the alliance, manipulate the media, use

economic blockades, and other methods, along with developing and bringing together various

armed services of the army, navy, air force, space, electronics, etc. comprised by the militaries of

over 30 nations, and thus jointly becoming an iron fist to pound Saddam. He accomplished this

and yet his opponent quite shockingly was not at all aware of this. A great army of several

hundred thousand, several thousand tanks, and several hundred aircraft were like unmixed









cement, sand and reinforcing steel dispersed on the battle line, penetrating several hundred

kilometers and being basically unable to bear the bitter attacks of the American style “fists” [as

printed loaquan 5071 2164], which fully combined the rear solid structural components to

become as hard as reinforced concrete. In addition, there was first detainment and then release of

Western hostages, followed by one mistake after another, and there was poor response in the

areas of breaking political isolation and economic blockades.


Regardless of whether the war was 3,000 years ago or at the end of the 20th century, it seems

that all of the victories display one common phenomenon: the winner is the one who combined



While being able to ever increase the means used for warfare, as well as make continuous

improvements today so that the denotation of warfare is quickly being amplified, the connotation

of this has also begun to deepen. More factors which had never appeared in the warfare of the

past have entered the world of warfare through the combination of various different methods.


The addition of each new element possibly causes changes in the modality and type of warfare

up until the outbreak of military revolution. Looking back upon the history of warfare, regardless

of whether it is stirrups, rifles, breechloaders, smokeless gunpowder, field telephones, wireless

telegrams, submarines, tanks, aircraft, missiles, atomic bombs, computers, non-lethal weapons,

or division troop system, staff systems, “wolf pack tactics,” [15] blitz, carpet bombing, electronic

countermeasures, and air-land battles, the appearance of all of these elements all combine with

earlier key battlefield elements to display hybrid advantages and enrich the present world of

warfare to different degrees.


Over the last 20 years, information technology, computer viruses, internet, financial derivation

tools, and other sources, as well as the technology of non-military means even more so reveal the

difficulties of predicting the prospect for the outcome of tomorrow’s wars. However, to date, for

the vast majority of soldiers or high-ranking military officers utilizing the element combination

method to carry out warfare is often a non-conscious action. Therefore, their combinations often









remain on the level of weapons, deployment methods and the battlefield, and the drawn-up war

prospects are also mostly only limited to the military domain and revel in it. Only those

trailblazing military geniuses are able to stand alone in breaking convention, breaking through

limitations and consciously combining all of the means available at the time to play the ageless

masterpiece by changing the tonality of the war.


If it is said that combination was only a winning secret formula of a few geniuses, then

consciously making combination the trend of a method of operations now is already becoming

clearer day after day, and warfare is now being taken into an even broader and even more far-

reaching domain; however, all of that provided by the age of technological integration leaves

combination with more seemingly infinite possible space. It can be affirmed that whoever is able

to mix a tasty and unique cocktail for the future banquet of war will ultimately be able to wear

the laurels of success on his own head.


Using Addition to Win the Game


All of the cards have now been shown. We already know that war will not again be displayed in

its original form. To a very great extent, war is no longer even war but rather coming to grips on

the internet, and matching the mass media, assault and defense in forward exchange transactions,

along with other things which we had never viewed as war, now all possibly causing us to drop

our eyeglasses. That is to say, the enemy will possibly not be the originally significant enemy,

the weapons will possibly not be the original weapons, and the battlefield will also possibly not

be the original battlefield. Nothing is definite. What can be ascertained is not definite. The game

has already changed, and what we need to continue is ascertaining a new type of fighting method

within various uncertainties. It should not be that type of single prescription for treating the

symptoms and not the disease, but rather a hybrid type of learning widely from the strong points

of others and gathering advantages so as to allow a pear tree to bear both peaches and apples.

This then is combination. We had actually shown this card already above.









What we have still not spoken of is another term: addition.


Addition is the method of combination.


In a boxing arena, a person who from start to finish uses only one type of boxing method to fight

with an opponent is naturally not one who can combine straight punches, jabs, swings and hooks

to attack his opponent like a storm. The principle of this can be said to be extremely simple: one

plus one is greater than one. The problem is that such a simple principle which even a

preschooler can understand has been surprisingly unclear to many persons responsible for the

success and failure of the security and warfare of nations. These people can excuse themselves

saying they are using the method of combination boxing to attack opponents. They have never

forgotten the addition of technology with technology, tactics with tactics, weapons with

weapons, and measures with measures. Moreover, they can also contemptuously come to

conclusions and combinations which cannot be considered to be anything new. This has been

done from Alexander to Napoleon and even up to Schwartzkopf. They do not know that their

ability to understand or not understand combinations is not the key to the problem. What is truly

important is whether or not one understands what goes with what to implement combinations and

how to combine. Lastly, but certainly not the most important point, is whether or not one has

thought of combining the battlefield and non-battlefield, warfare and non-warfare, military and

non-military which is more specifically combining stealth aircraft and cruise missiles with

network killers, combining nuclear deterrence, financial wars and terrorist attacks, or simply

combining Schwartzkopf + Soros -i- Xiaomolisi [transliteraton 1420 5459 6849 2448] -i- bin



This then is our real hand of cards.


Whether it is combination or addition, both are but empty frames. Only when blood or cruelty

are added in is the situation able to become severe and begin to be shocking.


Being confronted with this completely new concept of warfare, there is no doubt that the

impression of war to which people have already become accustomed will be shaken. Some of the









traditional models of war, as well as the logic and laws attached to it, will also be challenged.


The outcome of the contest is not the collapse of the traditional mansion but rather one portion of

the new construction site being in disorder. From the perspective of law, most of us will see



Up to this point, we have already found the reason, beginning from the appearance of “high tech”

on stage, that this military revolution has slowly been unable to be completed. From the

perspectives of human history and the history of warfare, there has never been one military

revolution which was declared to have been completed merely after technology or organizational

revolutions. Only after signifying the appearance of this revolution of military thought with the

highest achievement will the entire process of the military revolution be finalized. This time is no

exception so that whether or not the new military revolution brought about by high technology

can bring it to a final conclusion depends on whether it can travel far upon the road of the

revolution of military thought. It is only this one time that it needs to jump outside of the ruts

made by the war spirit that has persisted for several thousand years.


To accomplish this, it is only necessary to be able to seek help from addition. However, prior to

utilizing addition, it must go beyond all of the fetters of politics, history, culture, and ethics and

carry out thorough thought. Without thorough thought, there can be no thorough revolution.

Before this, even Sun Zi and Clauswitz locked themselves in the barrier of the military domain,

and only Machiavelli approached the realm of this thought. For a very long period of time, owing

to the fact that the thought of the Prince and its author were both way ahead of their time, they

were held in contempt by the knights or rulers. They would naturally not be able to understand

that going beyond all limits and boundaries was an ideological revolution, which included the

premise of a revolution of military thought. In the same way, to date, those who only understand

an imposing array of troops on the battlefield and who think that war is just killing people and

methods of operation are just methods to kill people and that there is nothing worth giving

attention to other than this, have been unable to understand this point.









The Americans have actually not been so dull as to not have the slightest reaction to this

problem. Steven Maizi [as printed 7796 5417] and Thomas Kaiweite [0481 4850 3676] of the

Strategic Institute of the Army War College of the United States who brought forth the problem

of “the frequency band width of the new military revolution” had actually become sensitive to

this point. They discovered the gap between the American military in terms of military thought

and the real threat facing national security. Having thought lag behind reality (much less to speak

of surpassing it) is not only a shortcoming of American soldiers, but it is very typical of them.

When “a military gives excessive focus on dealing with a certain specified type of enemy,” this

can possibly result in their being attacked and defeated by another enemy outside of their field of

vision. Steven Maizi and Thomas Kaiweite correctly expressed their concerns about this. They

further pointed out that “Even though official documents stress the army (we can understand it as

meaning the entire American military – note by the authors [Steven Maizi and Thomas

Kaiweite]), it is necessary to break through fixed modern Western thinking to broaden the

conception of future conflicts. However, most of the descriptions of how the digitized troops of

the 21st century will conduct war sound like an armored war using new technology to fight with

the Warsaw Pact nations.” It is because the American military is making war preparations guided

by this type of military thinking that they naturally hope war is like running into their own

muzzle which is what they expect. Such ridiculous wishful thinking can only bring on one type

of future prospect, “The vast majority of development plans of the present American military,

such as those of the army for the 21st century, are all focused upon dealing with an enemy with

conventional heavy armor, and if the United States encounters an enemy with low level

technology, an intermediate level enemy, or one with equivalent power at the beginning of the

next century, then the problem of insufficient frequency band width will possibly occur.” [16]

Actually, with the next century having still not yet arrived, the American military has already

encountered trouble from insufficient frequency band width brought on by the three above

mentioned types of enemies. Whether it be the intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the









World Trade Center, or a bombing attack by bin Laden, all of these greatly exceed the frequency

band widths understood by the American military. The American military is naturally

inadequately prepared to deal with this type of enemy psychologically, in terms or measures, and

especially as regards military thinking and the methods of operation derived from this. This is

because they have never taken into consideration and have even refused to consider means that

are contrary to tradition and to select measures of operation other than military means. This will

naturally not allow them to add and combine the two into new measures and new methods of

operation. In actuality, it only requires broadening one’s outlook a little and being uninhibited in

thought to be able to avail oneself of the lever of the great volumes of new technology and new

factors springing up from the age of integrated technology, thus prying loose the wheel of the

military revolution rusted as a result of lagging behind in terms of thinking. We can here

appreciate the deep significance of the old saying, “a stone from other hills may serve to polish

the jade of this one.”


It would be well if we were somewhat bold and completely mixed up the cards in our hand,

combined them again, and saw what the result would be.


Supposing a war broke out between two developed nations already possessing full information

technology, and relying upon traditional methods of operation, the attacking side would

generally employ the modes of great depth, wide front, high strength, and three-dimensionality to

launch a campaign assault against the enemy. Their method does not go beyond satellite

reconnaissance, electronic countermeasures, large-scale air attacks plus precision attacks, ground

outflanking, amphibious landings, air drops behind enemy lines … the result is not that the enemy

nation proclaims defeat, but rather one returns with one’s own spears and feathers. However, by

using the combination method, a completely different scenario and game can occur: if the

attacking side secretly musters large amounts of capital without the enemy nation being aware of

this at all and launches a sneak attack against its financial markets, then after causing a financial

crisis, buries a computer virus and hacker detachment in the opponent’s computer system in









advance, while at the same time carrying out a network attack against the enemy so that the

civilian electricity network, traffic dispatching network, financial transaction network, telephone

communications network, and mass media network are completely paralyzed, this will cause the

enemy nation to fall into social panic, street riots, and a political crisis. There is finally the

forceful bearing down by the army, and military means are utilized in gradual stages until the

enemy is forced to sign a dishonorable peace treaty. This admittedly does not attain to the

domain spoken of by Sun Zi, wherein “the other army is subdued without fighting.” However, it

can be considered to be “subduing the other army through clever operations.” It is very clear who

was superior and who inferior when comparing these two methods of operation.


This is, however, only a thought. However, it is certainly a feasible thought. Based on this

thought, we need only shake the kaleidoscope of addition to be able to combine into an

inexhaustible variety of methods of operation.


Military Trans-military Non-military


Atomic warfare Diplomatic warfare Financial warfare

Conventional warfare Network warfare Trade warfare

Bio-chemical warfare Intelligence warfare Resources warfare

Ecological warfare Psychological warfare Economic aid warfare

Space warfare Tactical warfare Regulatory warfare

Electronic warfare Smuggling warfare Sanction warfare

Guerrilla warfare Drug warfare Media warfare

Terrorist warfare Virtual warfare (deterrence) Ideological warfare


Any of the above types of methods of operation can be combined with another of the above

methods of operation to form a completely new method of operation. [17] Regardless of whether

it is intentional or unintentional, the carrying out of combined methods of operation using

different methods of operation that go beyond domains and categories has already been applied









by many nations in the practice of warfare. For example, the countermeasure used by the

Americans against bin Laden is national terrorist warfare + intelligence warfare + financial

warfare + network warfare + regulatory warfare; another example is what the NATO nations

used to deal with the Southern Alliance Kosovo crisis: deterrence with the use of force +

diplomatic warfare (alliance) + regulatory warfare; prior to this, the United Nations under

pressure mainly from the United States adopted the methods of operation against Iraq:

conventional warfare + diplomatic warfare + sanction warfare + media warfare + psychological

warfare + intelligence warfare, etc. We also noticed that the means adopted by the Hong Kong

government during the financial security warfare in August of 1998 to deal with financial

speculators were: financial warfare + regulatory warfare + psychological warfare + media

warfare, and even though they paid a heavy price, yet the results of the war were very good. In

addition, the methods for matters, such as the large quantity printing of counterfeit Renminbi in

Taiwan, very easily became a warfare measure of financial warfare + smuggling warfare.


We can see from these examples the miraculous effects of applying addition-combination in

methods of operation. If it is said that, owing to the limitations of technical measures and

conditions, those engaged in warfare in the past were still unable to freely combine all factors for

winning wars, then today the great explosion of technology led by information technology has

already provided us with this type of possibility. Only if we are willing and do not allow

subjective intentions to depart from objective laws, will we then be able to arrange the cards in

our hand into various types of hands based on need until finally winning the entire game.

However, there is no one who can write a guaranteed winning prescription for all future wars.

Various types of methods of operation have appeared in the history of human warfare, and most

have been forgotten with the passage of history. When examining the reasons, all of these

methods of operation were all determined based upon a specific target, and when the target

disappeared, then the method of operation also lost its existing value. Methods of operation

which truly possess vitality must be an “empty basket.” This empty basket only relies upon its









thinking and principle of utilizing the non-changing to deal with the myriad changes. The

combination of which we speak is just this type of empty basket, an empty basket of military

thinking. It is not the same as any of the very strongly directed methods of operation of the past,

for only when the basket is filled with specific targets and contents does it begin to have

directionality and aim. The key to whether or not victory is won in a war is nowhere else but in

what things you are able to pack into this basket.


Yue Fei, the military strategist during the Song Dynasty in China, stated when discussing how to

employ methods of operation that “the subtle excellence of application lies in one-mindedness.”

Although this statement sounds very abstruse, yet it is actually the only accurate explanation of

the correct application of combination. Only if we understand this point will we then be able to

attain a method of operation which goes beyond the multitude of methods of operation. This is

then having the myriad methods converge into one. It is even the final stage of methods of

operation. Aside from combining the transcendence of being unfettered, you have no way of

imagining what other method of operation can transcend the net of combination.


The conclusion is thus so simple, and yet it will definitely not arise from a simple brain.




[1] War is the most typical game, and yet it is often not susceptible to the theories of classical

games. War is intrinsically the irrational behavior of man, and based on the various conjectures

of the “rational man,” it naturally and easily fails. The fearful aftereffects of nuclear weapons

have caused mankind to gradually find its way back to the long-lost rationality from the most

irrational behavior. Moreover, the course of globalization has pushed mankind to accord with the

thinking of the “rational man” while seeking national security, learning how to cast off the

“predicament of the convict,” and no longer falling into the hegemony-type “cockfight game” of

the United States and the Soviet Union. The economic game with both cooperation and

competition has begun to seep into the military sphere and influence warfare in the new era.









(Reference can be made to the discussion in Zhang Weiying’s [1728 4850 6601] Game Theory

and Information Economics, Sanlian Bookstore of Shanghai, Shanghai People’s Press, 1996)


[2] Beginning on March 15, 1997, the United States’ Army carried out 14 days of digitized

brigade task force high level operations exercises at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in

California. According to remarks by Army Chief of Staff General Rymer, the aim of this test was

to determine whether or not troop technology of the 21st century would be able to instantly

answer three crucial questions in actual warfare: Where am I? Where are my companions?


Where is the enemy? In view of the test conditions, the troops that underwent rearrangements

and used new weapons with digital technology had much faster operating speed, greater killing

power, and stronger survival capabilities than the present army. See the reports in Defense News

of the United States, March 17-23 of 1997, for details regarding this exercise.


[3] It was again stressed in the “1997 National Army Strategy” of the United States that the task

and military capability level of the United States Army was to simultaneously win two large-

scale regional wars. This actually still continued the military strategy and army building policy

of the “Cold War” era. James R. Blacker pointed out in his article entitled “Building a Military

Revolution-Type United States Army – A Troop Reform Plan Different From the ‘Four Year

Military Examination Report'” that this policy “was a military plan designed 20 years ago and

selected during a period which ended 10 years ago.” (Summer edition 1997 of the American

magazine Strategy Review)


[4] See the research report of the Strategic Research Institute of the United States Army War

College, Strategy and the Military Revolution: From Theory to Policy, Section 8.


[5] Actually this was an Iraqi problem which Bush was also unable to thoroughly resolve.

Saddam increasingly became a sore point which the Americans found difficult to remove.


[6] The “Desert Fox” action adopted recently by the United States and England is also an

obvious serious offense of large nations in violation of the United Nations’ Charter.









[7] The original meaning of “hacker” was neutral and did not carry any derogatory sense. Early

hackers used their obsession with technology and good intentions for society to form a unique

hacker standard of logic which was strictly adhered to by many people over several generations

of hackers. However, in the network space of today where the moral degeneration is getting

worse day by day, there is no longer this gentlemanly attitude.


[8] In 1996, the Information System Office of the United States Department of Defense was set

up so as to strengthen the protection of military information systems. In the same year, the

establishment of the President’s Committee on the Protection of Key Infrastructure of the United

States was also announced. This Committee is responsible for protecting the

telecommunications, financial, electric power, water, pipeline, and transport systems. All of this

was directed at real threats, and the FM 100-6 Field Command Information Operations of the

United States military clearly stated that “the threats facing the information infrastructure are

real, their source is the entire globe, they are manifested in many areas of technology, and

moreover these threats are growing. These threats originate from individuals and groups and

what is driving them is the military, political, social, cultural, religious, or individual and trade

benefits. These threats also come from information madmen.” (Chinese translation [of FMIOO-

6], p. 7)


[9] What is most satirical is that the construction company of the bin Faden family had been the

builder of the barracks of the American army in Saudi Arabia.


[10] The most unsettling aspect of finance terrorism is “hot money” which is able to launch

destructive attacks upon a nation’s economy within several days, and the target varies from

national central banks to poor people.


[11] The History of Warfare in China, Military Translations Press, Vol. 1, p. 78, Wilderness

Wars Section.


[12] Military History of the Western World, written by J.F.C. Fuller, translated by Niu

Xianzhong [4781 0341 6988].









[13] The Evolution of Weapons and Warfare, T.N. Dupuit, p. 169-176.


[14] Biography of Napoleon by Taerli [as printed 4781 0341 6988]. Biography of Napoleon I by

John Roland Ross.


[15] A technique for attacking merchant vessels during World War I using submarines invented

by Dengnici [as printed 6772 1441 5412], Commander of the Submarine Forces of the German

Navy. The main method of operation was that after a submarine discovered a merchant vessel, it

immediately notified other submarines, and after waiting for many submarines to arrive, the

submarines then launched an attack like a pack of wolves against a prey.


[16] Research Report of the Strategic Institute of the United States Army War College, Strategy

and the Military Revolution: From Theory to Policy.


[17] In our view, the three types of warfare here are all down-to-earth warfare and not allegorical

or descriptive. Military-type wars are always traditional and classical wars which use weapons;

the various types of wars among the non-military type are confrontational and nothing abnormal,

yet they display warfare behavior and they are all novel; trans-military type wars are situated

between the two wherein some have previous methods such as psychological warfare and

intelligence warfare, and some are comprised of completely new methods such as network

warfare and virtual warfare (this refers to the methods of electronic virtual and of Mozi [1075

1311] thwarting Gong Shu Ban [0361 6551 3803]. See the chapter entitled Gong Shu Ban Sets

Up Machinery for the State of Chu to Attack the State of Song in Strategies of the Warring

States, Protective Strategies of the Song).









Chapter 6: Seeking Rules of Victory: The Force Moves Away From the Point of the

Enemy’s Attack


[pp. 164-194 in original]


“I usually make surprising moves; the enemy expects surprising moves; but I move in an

unsurprising manner this time to attack the enemy. I usually make unsurprising moves; the

enemy expects unsurprising moves; but I move in a surprising manner this time to attack the

enemy.” —Li Shimin


However much is said about combination, we still have to say that it is not enough to focus on

combination. It is necessary to further sharpen the focus, to see whether there is any secret closer

to the core. Without understanding the secret of how to conduct combination, it will be useless to

conduct combination 100 times incompetently.


In the history of war, there has never been a victory achieved in a smooth manner. Thus, in all its

versions, the book Jun Yu [Military Talk] contains such terms as direction of main attack, main

targets of striking, feint attack, feint move, and outflank which entail distinguishing between the

main and secondary actions. What is behind such terms is not only consideration of the need to

deceive the enemy or the sound use of force. There must be some other reasons. In terms of

instinct, all those famous generals who have won countless victories, or obscure people, have all

realized the existence of something which perhaps should be called “rules of victory.” Those

people have also got close to such rules tens of thousands of times. Nevertheless, to this day, no

commander or philosopher has ever dared to say: I have found the rules. Not even the job of

naming such rules has been completed. But, actually, the rules are hidden in the waves of

military practice of mankind. It is proper to say that every classical victory has testified to the

rules. However, each time, people either do not want to admit or do not dare to affirm their

encounters with rules of victory, but, instead, often attribute the effects of the rules to the favor









of some mysterious fate. Many “belated pronouncement” works on military history offer

arguments which are difficult for people to grasp because the arguments describe the rules’

effects in an excessively mysterious manner. But, rules of victory do exist. They are there. Like

an invisible man, they accompany every war of mankind. The party to which their golden fingers

point will go through the arch of triumph by stepping on the sorrow of the vanquished. However,

even the victors in war have not truly seen their real faces.


Secretly Conforming to the Rule of the Golden Section


“Everything is a matter of numbers.” Along this line of thought, the ancient sage Pythagoras [1]

unexpectedly encountered a set of mysterious digits: 0.618. As a result, he found the rule of the

golden section!


[A mathematical formula showing the derivation of the figure 0.618 omitted]


In the 2,500 years since then, this formula has been considered by formative artists as the golden

rule of aesthetics. As convincingly testified to by the history of arts, almost all artistic works

considered masterpieces, whether created in a casual manner or through intentional effort, have

all been close to or in accord with this formula in their basic aesthetic features. People had long

marveled at the beauty of the Parthenon Temple of ancient Greece, suspecting it to be the

creation of a god. With measurement and calculation, it was found that the relationship between

its vertical lines and horizontal lines were entirely in accord with the 1:0.618 ratio. In his book

Vers Une Architecture, the great modern architect Le Corbusier also established his most

important theory of “basic design scale” on the basis of the rule of the golden section, a theory

which has had profound and extensive influence on architects and architecture in the world. [2]

Regrettably, this formula which the Creator may have meant to use for revealing to mankind a

rule for all spheres through a demonstration in one sphere has never moved beyond the realm of

artistic creation. Except those Muses with extraordinary gifts, almost no one has realized that this

golden rule of aesthetics may become, or is, a rule that should also be followed in other spheres.









It was not until 1953 that J. Kieffer, an American, discovered that seeking experiment points

according to the rule of the golden section would make it possible to reach the optimal state the

most quickly. His discovery was refined by the Chinese mathematician Hua Luogeng and turned

into the “optimum seeking method,” or the 0.618 method. The method was popularized in China

for a time. As far as we know, such a popularization campaign based on the human-wave tactic

produced little effect, but this episode demonstrated the prospect of applying the rule of the

golden section in spheres other than the sphere of arts. [3] [The text does not indicate the location

of footnotes 4-12, although they are included in the footnote section at the end of the chapter]


In fact, before the emergence of the notion of consciously grasping the rule of the golden section,

people had repeatedly applied it to their own spheres of practice on the basis of their instincts. Of

course, the military sphere had not been left out. We can easily see the ephemeral marks of the

paws of this mysterious beast in the famous amazing campaigns and battles in the history of war.

Without looking afar, you will see examples of conforming to this rule everywhere in the

military realm. The shadow of 0.618 can be seen in such things ranging from the arc of the

cavalry sword to the apex of the flying trajectory of a bullet, shell, or ballistic missile and from

the optimum bomb-release altitude and distance for an aircraft in the dive bombing mode to the

relationship between the length of the supply line and the turning point in a war.


By casually reading pages of the history of war, you will be certain to be silently amazed by the

fact that 0.618, like a golden belt, can be faintly seen in ancient, modern, Chinese, and foreign

wars. In the Yanlin battle between Jin and Chu during the Spring and Autumn Period, Duke Li of

Jin led a military force in attacking Zheng. The Jin force had a decisive battle with the Chu force

at Yanlin. Adopting advice made by Miao Penghuan, a defector from Chu, Duke Li used a

portion of his middle army to attack the left army of the Chu force, used another portion to attack

the middle army of the Chu force, and used the upper army, lower army, new army, and forces of

the lords to attack the right army of the Chu force. The point of attack selected was exactly at the

point of the golden section. We mentioned above the Battle of Arbela between Alexander and









Darius. The Macedonians selected the juncture of the left flank and the center of the Persian

force as the point of their attack; marvelously, the point was exactly the “golden point” for the

entire front.


For hundreds of years, people have found it difficult to understand why the Mongol cavalry of

Gengis Khan were, like a hurricane, able to sweep across the Eurasian continent. Such factors as

the barbarians’ truculence, cruelty, and cunningness or the mobility of the cavalry did not provide

convincing explanations. Perhaps there were other more important reasons? As can be expected,

the rule of the golden section showed its miraculous power again: We can see that the battle

formation of the Mongol cavalry was different from the Western traditional phalanx. In regard to

their five-row formation, the ratio of heavy cavalry to light cavalry was 2:3, with 2 for armored

heavy cavalry and 3 for fast and mobile light cavalry, that is, another example of the golden

section! You have to admire the genius-level understanding achieved by that thinker on

horseback. It was natural for a force under the command of such a commander to have more

striking power than the European forces that it confronted.


It seems that, while highly gifted in applying the rule of the golden section to religion and arts,

Christian Europeans were late in coming to understand the application of this rule to other

spheres. The Dutch general Maurice, who had been the first to transform the traditional phalanx

by mixing similar numbers of musket-armed soldiers and pike-armed soldiers, failed to realize

this point even in the black powder period when muskets were gradually replacing pikes. It was

King Gustavus of Sweden who adjusted this formation of a strong front and weak flanks, thereby

turning the Swedish army into an army with the strongest combat power in Europe of that time.

What he did was to have an additional 96 musket-armed soldiers in addition to the squadron

composed of 216 pike-armed soldiers and 198 musket-armed soldiers. This change gave

immediate prominence to the use of firearms, thereby becoming the watershed separating battle

formations of the periods of cold weapons and hot weapons. Needless to say, we again saw the









shining light of the rule of the golden section in the ratio of 198 plus 96 musket-armed soldiers to

216 pike-armed soldiers.


There is still more. Let us see how it had stubbornly “manifested” itself to give us clear

suggestions before we recognized it as something more than a rule of arts. Napoleon attacked

Russia in June 1812. In September, after failing to eliminate effective Russian forces in the

Borodino battle, he entered Moscow. At that time, Napoleon did not realize that his genius and

luck were gradually leaving him bit by bit, and that the peak and turning point of his lifelong

career were approaching simultaneously. A month later, the French forces withdrew from

Moscow as it snowed heavily. There were three months of victorious advance and two months of

declining. It seems that, in terms of the time sequence, the French emperor was standing on the

line of the golden section when looking down at the city of Moscow through the burning fire. In

another June 130 years later, Nazi Germany started the Barbarossa Plan against the Soviet

Union. For as long as two years, German forces maintained their offensive momentum. It was in

August 1943 that German forces turned into defense at the conclusion of the Castle action and

would no longer be able to launch an action that can be called a campaign against the Soviet

forces. Perhaps we also have to call the following fact a coincidence: The battle of Stalingrad,

which has been considered by all historians of war to be the turning point in the Soviet Patriotic

War, happened exactly in the 17th month of the war, that is, November 1942. This was the

“golden point” in the time axis encompassing 26 months during which the German forces turned

from booming to declining.


Let us also take a look at the Gulf War. Before the war, military experts estimated that the

equipment and personnel of the Republican Guards would basically lose their combat

effectiveness when losses resulting from aerial attacks should total or exceed 30 percent. To

make Iraqi forces’ losses reach this critical point, U.S. forces extended the bombing time

repeatedly. When the Desert Sword was taken out of its shield, Iraqi forces had lost 38 percent of

their 4,280 tanks, 32 percent of their 2,280 armored vehicles, and 47 percent their 3,100 artillery









pieces, and only around 60 percent of the strength of the Iraqi forces was left. Through such

cruel data, the mysterious light of 0.618 began to flicker again in the early morning of 24 January

  1. The Desert Storm ground war ended 100 hours later.


Such instances scattered across history have truly been something marvelous. When viewed in

isolation, they do look like accidents happening one after another. But the Creator never does

anything without a reason. If too many accidents demonstrate the same phenomenon, can you

still calmly view them as accidents? No, at this moment, you have to admit that there is a rule



Victory’s Grammar-The Side-Principal Rule


In Chinese grammar, there is a basic sentence structure. This structure divides a sentence or

phrase into two parts, the modifier and the center word. The relationship between them is that of

modifying and being modified, that is, that the former modifies the latter and determines the

tendency and features of the latter. Put more clearly, the former constitutes appearance, and the

latter constitutes the organism. We usually determine the difference between one person or

object with another person or object not according to his (its) existence as an organism or

mechanism but according to his (its) appearance and look. From this perspective, relative to the

center word, the modifier should, to a greater extent, be considered the center of a sentence or

phrase. For instance, red apple. Before being modified by “red,” apple only refers to a kind of

fruit in general and is thus general in nature. But, “red” gives this apple a specificity that makes it

possible to determine it to be “this one.” Obviously, “red” plays a significant role in this phrase.

Also, for instance, special economic zone. Without the word “economic,” special zone is only a

concept of geographical division. When modified by “economic,” it acquires a special character

and orientation, becoming the point of support for the economic lever used by Deng Xiaoping to

reform China. This structure is a basic mode in Chinese grammar:


The side-principal structure.









This structure of having the principal element modified by a side element exists extensively in

the Chinese language to the extent that a Chinese speaker will not be able to speak without using

  1. For, if there are only subject words in a sentence, without directing modification, the sentence

will lack clarity because of the absence of such elements as degree, location, and mode which

can be grasped in a concrete manner. For example, if the modifiers in such phrases as “good

person,” “good thing,” “tall building,” “red flag,” and “slow running” are all removed, then the

center words will all become neutral words without specific references. As shown here, in the

side-principal structure, the “side” element, as compared with the “principal” element, is in the

position of qualitatively determining the sentence or phrase. In other words, in a certain sense we

can use the understanding that in the side-principal structure the center word is the principal

entity, with the modifier serving as the directing element, that is, that the “principal” element is

the body for the “side” element, while the “side” element is the soul of the “principal” element.

With the body established as the premise, the role of the soul is obviously of decisive

significance. The relationship of the principal entity’s being subordinate to the directing element

is the foundation for the existence of the side-principal stmcture. At the same time, as one of the

forms of structure of the system of symbols corresponding to the objective world, it seems to

suggest to us something lawlike which goes beyond the scope of language.


Going along this path, we will soon see that the side-principal relationship exists in a big way not

only in such phrases as “good person,” “bad thing,” “tall building,” and “red flag” or such

military terms as aircraft carrier, cruise missile, stealth aircraft, armored personnel carrier, self-

propelled artillery, precision bombs, rapid response force, air-land war, and joint operation. This

relationship also exists everywhere in the world outside the scope of language in a myriad

manner. This is the significance of our borrowing— just borrowing— but not copying this

rhetorical device, only seen in human language systems, in our theory. We do not intend to

arbitrarily juxtapose war with rhetoric, but only intend to borrow the term “side-principal” to

enunciate the deepest core element of our theory. For we believe this side-principal relationship









exists in a big way in the movement and development of many things, and that in such a

relationship the “side” element, instead of the “principal” element, often plays the role as the

directing element. For the time being, we describe this role as “modification by the side element

of the principal element” (note: this is not the original meaning of the side-principal structure as

a rhetorical device, but an extended meaning as used by us). For instance, in a country, the

people are the principal entity, while government is the directing element of the country; in an

armed force, soldiers and middle- and lower-level officers constitute the principal entity, while

the command headquarters constitute the directing element of the armed force; in a nuclear

explosion, uranium or plutonium is the principal entity, while the means of bombarding them

constitute the directing element for triggering chain reactions; in a Southeast Asian-style

financial crisis, the victim countries are the principal entities, while financial speculators are the

directing element generating the crisis. Without the direction provided by government, the

people will be a heap of loose sand; without the direction provided by the command

headquarters, soldiers will constitute a mob; without means of bombardment, uranium and

plutonium will be a heap of minerals; without financial speculators’ activity to create

disturbance, the regulating mechanisms of victim countries should have enabled them to avoid

financial catastrophes. In such a relationship, if the factor of two-way interactions is put aside, it

is self-evident which is the side element, which is the principal element, and which modifies



As shown through discussions above, this side-principal structure is an asymmetrical structure.

Thus, the relationship between the side element and the principal element is an unbalanced

relationship. On this point, the situation is very similar to that regarding the rule of the golden

section: 0.618 and 1 form an asymmetrical structure and an unbalanced relationship. We are fully

justified in regarding it as another way of stating the side-principal formula. For, in this side-

principal structure, what is important is the side element, but not the principal element. This is

also true with the rule of the golden section. What is important is 0.618, but not 1. This is the









common feature of the two. Laws tell us that two things with similar features must follow some

similar rules. If there is any common rule governing the golden section and the side-principal

structure, it should be the following:


0.618 = deviation toward the side element


The best case to illustrate this point is perhaps the story of Tian Ji’s horse racing. In a situation of

inferior overall strength, the great military strategist Sun Bin made his classical move which was

an adequate example of Chinese gaming wisdom. He started by racing Tian Ji’s worst horse with

the best horse of the king of Qi. After inevitably losing that race, he used his side’s middle and

best horses to beat the opponent’s worst and middle horses, thereby ensuring the two-win

advantage necessary for achieving a victory. This method of using the strategy of losing one and

winning two (directing element) to win the overall game (principal element) can be viewed as

having a typical side-principal structure. The result of winning two of three games conformed

entirely to the golden ratio of 2:3. Here, we are seeing the perfect confluence and unity of the

two rules:


The golden rule = the side-principal rule.


Finding a rule is both the end and the beginning of studying an issue. As long as we believe that

something called the side-principal rule can be seen in the functioning of all things, we should

also believe that this rule, like the rule of the golden section, will not leave the military sphere



Facts are indeed so.


The Changshao battle between Qi and Lu: As the two forces confronted each other on

theattlefield, the Qi force was very aggressive, but the Lu force remained motionless. The Qi

force attacked three times with three rounds of drum beating but failed to unsettle the front of the

Lu force, resulting in an obvious decline in momentum. The Lu force took the opportunity to

launch a counterattack, achieving a complete victory. After the battle, the advisor Cao Gui

revealed the reason for Qi’s defeat and Lu’s victory in this battle: The enemy force “had a great









momentum at the first round of drum beating, had a weaker momentum at the second round, and

was exhausted at the third round. As the enemy force was exhausted, while our force had full

vigor, our force prevailed.” The entire process of the battle can be divided into five phases: the

Qi force’s first round of drum beating— the Qi force’s second round of drum beating— the Qi

force’s third round of drum beating— the Lu force’s counterattack— the Lu force’s chase. From the

first to third phases, Cao Gui adopted the strategy of avoiding the enemy’s attack, so that the Qi

force quickly passed the golden point of its attack power without achieving any results.

Meanwhile the Lu force precisely selected this point as the time of counterattack, thereby fully

testifying to the rule of the golden section on the battlefield 2,700 years ago (3:5 approximately

equals 0.618). It can be certain that at that time Cao Gui could not have known Pythagoras and

his theory of the golden section of 200 years later. Furthermore, even if he had known the theory,

it was not possible to accurately determine where the 0.618 point was amid an ongoing battle.

But, by instinct, he found the point of section with flickering golden light. This is a gift common

to all military geniuses.


Hannibal thought in the exactly same way as Cao Gui during the Cannae battle. As Cao Gui did,

he understood the secret of declining attack power of enemy forces. Thus, unusually, he

deployed the weakest force from Gaul and Spanish infantry at the center of the front where the

best force should have been deployed, letting such weak forces to bear attacks from Roman

forces. As such forces were unable to withstand the attacks, there gradually emerged a crescent-

shaped indentation. Whether this curve was created intentionally by Hannibal or accidentally, it

became a huge buffer for absorbing the attack power of the Roman forces. As this strong power

gradually weakened because of the lengthening of the front and came to the low point of its

momentum at the time of approaching the bottom part of the Carthaginian front, the

Carthaginians, who were inferior in overall strength but superior in cavalry force, quickly

launched their flanking cavalry forces to complete the encirclement of the Roman forces, thus

turning Cannae into a killing field for killing 70,000 people.









The two battles were different but had a common way of working. In both, the dominant strategy

was to evade enemy frontal attacks and to weaken the enemy momentum. An operational

approach of obviously deviating from frontal fighting was adopted, and the point of decline of

enemy attack power was properly selected as the optimal moment for the relevant forces’ own

counterattacks. The operational method used obviously conformed to the rule of the golden

section and the side-principal rule.


If the two cases of warfare are not viewed as coincidental or isolated phenomena, then we will

see the shining of the light of the rule of the golden section move widely in the history of war.

This point has been perhaps even more prominent in modern warfare. During the Second World

War, the entire German operation of attacking France was immersed in the pith of the two rules

that we discussed. Such moves as changing tanks from being subordinate to infantry to being the

main battle weapons, using blitzkrieg as the main operational doctrine on the basis of discarding

First World War practices, and selecting the Ardennes mountains as the main direction of attack

of the German forces, an action which surprised not only the enemy but also conceptually

obsolete old generals at the German high command, must have seemed to be unorthodox and had

a prominent character of deviation toward the side element. It was this deviation character that

led to the fundamental change in military thinking of the entire German military and also made

Schlieffen’s dream of “sweeping across the English Channel” a nightmare for the British at

Dunkirk. Before that time, who would have thought that the blueprint of this miracle would

come from the hands of two relatively low-level officers— Manstein and Guderian?


During the same world war, there was also the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which was

similar to the operation of attacking France, an operation with a prominent side-principal

tendency. Isoroko Y amamoto used aircraft carriers in the same way Guderian used tanks.

Conceptually, Y amamoto still viewed battleships as the main force for decisive naval battles in

the future, but sensitively and correctly selected aircraft carriers and their carrier-borne aircraft as

the principal weapons for operations against the U.S. Navy. More interestingly, he did not carry









out frontal attacks on the long Pacific coast of the continental United States when launching

attacks on the Americans. At the same time, he fully considered the attack radius of his joint

fleet, that is, the optimal location that his fist was capable of hitting. Thus he selected, as the

point of attack, Hawaii which, while being of critical importance to controlling the entire Pacific

Ocean, the Americans refused to believe to be the point of attack even after receiving

intelligence before the operation. As should be pointed out, this believer in decisive naval battles

chose a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, instead of a naval battle dreamed about by him all the time,

in the first major battle bearing on the future course of the war. Consequently, he won a victory

with surprising moves by hitting side targets.


With the analysis above, we should understand that neither the rule of the golden section nor the

side-principal rule should be understood literally in a narrow manner; instead it is necessary to

grasp their essence. A rapidly changing battlefield will give any military leader or commander

neither adequate time nor adequate information for carefully determining the point of the golden

section or the degree of deviation toward the side element. Even the two core elements of the two

rules, 0.618 and “deviation toward the side element,” are not constants in a mathematical sense.

Rather, they represent the thousands of manifestations of the god of victory in ever-changing

courses of wars, battlefields, and war situations.


It is sometimes manifested in the selection of means. For instance, during the Gulf War,

Schwartzkopf used aerial bombings as the dominant means, while using as supporting forces the

army and the navy which had always been the main combat forces.


It is sometimes manifested in the selection of tactics. For instance, Donitz changed ship-to-ship

naval warfare into submarines’ attacks on merchant ships; this “Wolfpack” tactic posed a much

greater threat to Britain than naval battles.


It is sometimes manifested in the selection of weapons. For instance, Napoleon’s artillery,

Guderian’s tanks, Y amamoto’s aircraft carriers, and the precision ammunition used in Operation

Gold Coast were all main weapons which were able to shift the balance in war.









It is sometimes manifested in the selection of the point of attack. For instance, during the

Trafalgar naval battle, Nelson wisely selected the rear portion, instead of the forward portion, of

the French fleet as the main point of attack, thereby producing a naval war victory, which would

lead to the birth of a maritime empire. [13]


It is sometimes manifested in the selection of opportunities of fighting. For instance, in the

Fourth Middle East War, Sadat selected 6 October, in the month of Ramadan for Muslims, as the

D-day for Egyptian forces’ crossing of the Suez Canal, and launched the attack in the afternoon

when sunlight, going from west to east, was directed at the pupils of the Israeli’s eyes, thereby

demolishing the myth of Israeli invincibility. [14]


It is sometimes manifested in the uneven deployment of forces. Eor instance, before the Eirst

World War, the German High Command formulated the Schlieffen Plan for invading Erance,

planning the bold move of deploying 53 of the 72 German divisions on the right flank to be used

as the main attacking force and deploying the remaining 19 divisions along the long frontlines of

the left flank and the center. In this way, the sand-table exercise became the most famous war

plan in history which was never implemented.


It is sometimes manifested in the use of stratagem. Eor instance, in 260 BC, there was a rivalry

between Qin and Zhao. The Zhaoxiang King of Qin was not in a hurry to have a decisive battle

with the enemy, and adopted Ean Sui’s advice, first attacking Shangdang in Han to deprive Zhao

of its backing. Then he faked a willingness to negotiate a peace, and, as a result, the lords

stopped giving assistance to Zhao. He used the stratagem of sowing discord, and, as a result, the

king of Zhao dismissed General Eian Po and appointed armchair strategist Zhao Kuo as

commander. As a consequence, the Zhao force was defeated at Changping. Qin’s victory and

Zhao’s defeat in this battle should be, more properly, be attributed to Pan Sui’s stratagem, rather

than to the Qin force’s powerfulness. [15]


We should also pay focused attention to and study another phenomenon, that is, that more and

more countries are looking beyond the military sphere when handling important issues such as









political, economic, and national security issues. They use other means to supplement, enrich, or

even replace military means, so as to achieve objectives which cannot be achieved by military

force alone. This has been the most important episode of the side element’s modifying the

principal element in relation to war on the basis of a conception of war. At the same time, this

also indicates that in future wars there will be increasingly frequent occurrences of the side-

principal structure formed by the military means and other means.


All the selections discussed above had the character of “deviation toward the side element.” Like

the rule of the golden section, the side-principal rule is opposed to all forms of parallel

placement, balance, symmetry, being all-encompassing, and smoothness, but, instead, advocates

using the sword to cut the side. Only by avoiding frontal collisions, will it be possible for your

sword to cut apart things without being damaged. This is the most basic grammar of victory for

the ancient article of war.


If we call the rule of the golden section in the sphere of art the rule of aesthetics, then why do we

not also call the side-principal rule— its mirror image in the military sphere— the rule of victory?


The Dominant Element and the Whole Thing: the Essence of the Side-Principal Structure


Among the many internal elements comprising a thing, there must be a certain element which

assumes a prominent or dominant position among all the elements. If the relationship between

this element and the other elements is harmonious and perfect, it will be in accord with the

0.618:1 formula in some places and, also, in accord with the side-principal rule. For, here, “all

the elements” constitute the main body, that is, the principal element; the “certain element”

serves as the directing element and is thus the side element. Once an object has acquired specific

purposefulness, the side element and the principal element will form a dominant-subordinate

relationship. When two bulls fight, the bulls constitute the principal element, while the horns

constitute the side element. When two swords are pitted against each other, the swords constitute

the principal element, while the edges constitute the side element. It is very clear which is









dominant and which is subordinate. When the purpose is changed, a new dominant element will

emerge and replace the old dominant element and form a new side-principal relationship with all

the existing elements. Grasping the relationship between the dominant element and all the

elements in an object is tantamount to grasping the essence of the rule of the golden section and

the side-principal rule.


On the basis of such an understanding, we can quickly establish five most important

relationships among all the complex relationships of war: the dominant weapons and all the

weapons; the dominant means and all the means; the dominant force and all the forces; the

dominant direction and all the directions; and the dominant sphere and all the spheres. The

relationship between the five dominant elements and all the elements in the five areas basically

represent the side-principal relationship which exists in wars in a widespread manner.


Take again the example of the Gulf War. In Operation Desert Storm, the dominant weapons used

by the Allied forces were stealth aircraft, cruise missiles, and precision bombs, with all other

weapons playing a subordinate role. The dominant means was the 38 consecutive days of aerial

bombardment, with other means playing a supplemental role. The dominant force was the air

force, with all other forces playing a supporting role. The dominant direction was to hit the

Republican Guards as the target of focused attacks, with all other battlefield targets serving as

secondary targets. The dominant sphere was the military sphere, with all other spheres providing

comprehensive support in the forms of economic sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and media



However, it is not our goal to just clarify such relationships. To people engaged in war, what is

the most important is not to clarify things but to grasp and apply such relationships. As we know,

all countries’ war resources are limited. Even such a powerful country as the United States still

has to continually think about cost-effectiveness (the principal of the “least consumption of

energy”) and how to fight wars in a more marvelous way and to produce more splendid war

results. Therefore, it is very necessary for any country to use and allocate war resources in a









sound and strategic manner. This will require finding a correct method, that is, the issue of how

to consciously apply the side-principal rule. In fact, many countries have already subconsciously

applied this rule before now —


After the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, Russia’s military capability has declined

continually. It has not only lost its superpower position of confronting the U.S. forces, but has

even found it difficult to maintain national security now. Under such circumstances, the Russian

high command has adjusted its future strategy in a timely fashion, despite being in a difficult

position, making tactical, or even strategic, nuclear weapons the dominant weapons of first

choice if a war is launched against Russia. On the basis of this decision, it has also adjusted the

distribution of conventional weapons and nuclear weapons in an overall way. Contrary to Russia,

being the only superpower in the world, the U.S. Armed Forces have established as their new

strategic objectives for the three services a “comprehensively superior” (army), [16] a (navy)

“moving from sea to land,” and a “globally engaged” (air force).” [17] On that basis, digitized

equipment, new types of amphibious attack vessels, and long-range stealth aircraft have been

selected as a new generation of weapons, which appear to be replacing contemporary trump

cards like tanks of the M-1 series, aircraft carriers, and F-16 fighters as the dominant weapons in

the U.S. arsenal.


As can be seen in the strategic adjustments made by Russia and the United States in regard to

their respective dominant weapons, it seems that the practice of selecting the dominant weapons

on the basis of the magnitude of destructive power is obsolete. As far as the selection of the

dominant weapons is concerned, the destructive power of weapons is but one of many items of

technical performance of weapons. What is more important than technical performance is the

basic consideration of the war aim, operational objectives, and security environment. Thus, the

dominant weapons should be the most effective weapons for accomplishing the above-mentioned

goals. Furthermore, it is necessary to have them organically combined with other weapons, so as

to formulate the dominant element of a complete arms system. Under conditions of modern









technology, dominant weapons are no longer individual weapons, but “systems of weapons,”

which are also components of larger systems. [18] The emergence of a lot of high and new

technology and the continual adjustment of war aims have provided enough space for the

selection of dominant weapons and the combination of dominant weapons with other weapons,

and have, at the same time, also made the dominant-subordinate relationship between dominant

weapons and the other weapons even more complicated. [19]


The same factors are also affecting the use of the means of war. It is becoming obsolete to

automatically consider military action the dominant means and the other means supporting

means in war. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, the military means will be only one of all the

available means in wars such as one of fighting terrorist organizations of the bin Laden category.

A more effective means that can strike at bin Laden in a destructive way is perhaps not the cruise

missile, but a financial suffocation war carried out on the Internet.


As means have become more complicated, there has emerged a consequence that is unexpected

to all soldiers: the civilianization of war. Therefore, here the issue of the relationship between the

dominant force and all forces under discussion here also encompasses the issue of degree of

participation of the entire population in war, in addition to the deployment, allocation, and use of

military forces in combat operations. As professional soldiers’ war or quasi-war activities have

increasingly become an important factor affecting national security, the issue as to which

constitute the dominant force in future wars, an issue which has never been a question, has

become a question worldwide. For example, the incidents of attacks conducted by “web rascals”

on the network centers of the U.S. Defense Department and the Indian Defense Ministry were

evidence in this regard.


Whether an action is a pure war action, a nonwar military action, or a nonmilitary war action,

any action of a combat nature will entail an issue of how to accurately select the main direction

of operation and the main point of attack, that is, to determine your main orientation in view of

all the factors of the war concerned, the battlefields, and the battle fronts. This is the most









difficult issue even for all those commanders who are in control of good weapons, a multitude of

means, and sufficient manpower. However, Alexander, Hannibal, Nelson, and Nimitz as well as

Sun Wu and Sun Bin of ancient China were good at selecting main directions of attack which

would surprise enemy forces completely. Liddle Hart also noted this point. He referred to the

approach of selecting the line of least resistance and the direction of action least expected by the

enemy as the “indirect strategy.” As the arena of war has expanded, encompassing the political,

economic, diplomatic, cultural, and psychological spheres, in addition to the land, sea, air, space,

and electronics spheres, the interactions among all factors have made it difficult for the military

sphere to serve as the automatic dominant sphere in every war. War will be conducted in nonwar

spheres. This notion sounds strange and is difficult to accept, but more and more signs indicate

that this is the trend. In fact, even in ancient times, war was not always confined to one single

sphere. Lian Xiangru’s diplomatic battle of “returning the jade in an undamaged condition to

Zhao” and the virtual war conducted by Mo Zi and Gongshu Ban were classical examples of

winning or precluding a war with nonmilitary actions. This method of resolving the problem of

war through actions in multiple spheres should give insights to people today. The era of

comprehensive use of highly developed technologies has provided us with much greater room

for applying wisdom and means than ancient people, so that people’s dream of winning military

victories in nonmilitary spheres and winning wars with nonwar means can now become reality.


If we want to have victory in future wars, we must be fully prepared intellectually for this

scenario, that is, to be ready to carry out a war which, affecting all areas of life of the countries

involved, may be conducted in a sphere not dominated by military actions. It is now still

unknown what weapons, means, and personnel such wars will use and in what direction and

sphere such wars will be conducted.


What is known is one point, that is, that whatever the mode of warfare, victory always belongs to

the side which correctly uses the side-principal rule to grasp the relationship between the

“dominant” and the “whole.”









A Rule, Not a Set Formula


War is the most difficult to explain and understand. It needs support from technology, but

technology cannot substitute for morale and stratagem; it needs artistic inspiration, but rejects

romanticism and sentimentalism; it needs mathematical precision, but precision can sometimes

render it mechanical and rigid; it needs philosophical abstraction, but pure thinking does not help

to seize short-lived opportunities amid iron and fire.


This is no formula of war. No one dares to arrogantly claim to have the perfect method in the

sphere of war. No one has ever been able to use one method to win all wars. But, it does not

mean that there are no rules regarding war. A few people have had their names listed in the roster

of ever-victorious generals because they have discovered and grasped rules of victory.


Those names testify to the existence of rules of victory, but no one has revealed the secret. For a

long time— almost as long as the history of war— people have regarded them as flashes of

electricity in the brains of gifted commanders, but have seldom realized that they are hidden in

bloody fighting characterized by collisions of swords and the smoke of gunpowder.


In fact, any rule is like a sheet of paper, and what is important is whether you are able to poke a

hole in it.


The side-principal rule is just such a sheet of paper. It is both simple and complicated and both

fluctuating and stable. As has often happened, a person with a lucky finger sometimes

unintentionally pokes a hole in it, and the door of victory opens to him immediately. It is so

simple that it can be expressed by a set of digits or a rule of grammar. It is so complicated that

you are unable to find an answer even if you are proficient in mathematics and grammar. It is

like smoke and is difficult to grasp. It is as constant as a shadow and accompanies every sunrise

of victory.


Consequently, we regard the side-principal rule as a principle, but not a theorem. We have taken

full account of the relativity of the principle. Relative things should not be applied mechanically









and require no precise measurement. Relativity is not absolute whiteness, and thus does not fear

black swans. [20]


However, through study of the history of war, we have determined that the side-principal rule is

a rule of victory, but how it can be used correctly will be an issue for each individual operator to

determine in view of the particular circumstances. For the phenomenon of antimony in war has

always puzzled every person pursuing victory: those acting against the laws will undoubtedly

fail, but those sticking to set practices are also unlike to win. “Six multiplied by 6 is 36. There

are stratagems in numbers, and there are numbers in stratagems. The yin and the yang are

coordinated. Opportunities are there. It is not possible to manufacture opportunities.

Manufacturing will not work.” The “36 stratagems” constitute the revealing of the way things

work. That is, no matter how many examples of war we can find to demonstrate that the causes

of victories involved were in accord with 0.618, the next person who plans a war, battle, or

engagement strictly in accordance with the rule of the golden section will almost certainly eat the

bitter fruit of defeat. Whether the rule of the golden section or the side-principal rule is involved,

the key is to grasp the essence and apply the principle, instead of making mechanical

applications, as the legendary Dong Shi emulated the beauty Xi Shi. In the famous Rossbach

battle and the Luzern battle in European history, the attacking sides in both cases used the

Alexander-style “diagonal attack formation,” but the results were totally different. In the

Rossbach battle, commanders of the French-Austrian force copied the history of war faithfully.

They made troop movements and built battle formations right under the eyes of Frederick the

Great. The French-Austrian force attempted to use the diagonal formation to attack the left wing

of the Prussian force. As a result, it was thoroughly beaten by the Prussian force which made

adjustments in deployment in a timely manner. A year later, at Fuzern, Frederick again

encountered an Austrian force which was three times as large as Frederick’s force. But, this time,

he performed brilliantly. He also used the diagonal attack formation, but managed to annihilate

the Austrian force. It is thought-provoking that the same method of operation produced entirely









different results. [21] This incident tells us that there are no method of war which is always right.

There are only rules which are always correct. It also tells us that correct rules do not guarantee

that there will always be victories; the secret to victory is to correctly apply rules. Similarly, with

regard to the side-principal rule, the emphasis is on using the side element for modifying the

principal element, but it is not the case that deviation toward the side-element will always

produce a victory. Deviation toward the side element means mainly deviation in terms of lines of

thought and essence, instead of deviation in form. For instance, in actual warfare, it is not the

case that every time the point of attack should be located at the point of deviation in a 0.618 style

in order to be in accord with rules of victory. It is possible that this time, rules of victory call for

frontal breakthroughs. Thus, this time, the “principal” element is the “side” element. This is the

nature of war as art. This art element cannot be replaced by mathematics, philosophy or other

areas of science and technology. [22] Thus, we are sure that in this sense the military

technological revolution cannot replace the revolution in the art of military affairs.


As should also be indicated, the side-principal principle is unavoidably similar to the “surprise-

non-suprise” principle advocated by ancient Chinese strategists; nevertheless they are not

entirely the same. For, ancient strategists advocated the use of surprise moves and non-surprise

moves at different times. As Sun Zi said, “in fighting, it is necessary to use non-suprise moves to

gather strength and to use surprise moves to achieve victory. Fighting entails just surprise and

non-surprise moves. There is endless change to the use of surprise and non-surprise moves.” [23]

The side element and the principal element are not two methods which can each be used without

the other, but are an expression of an objective law. The most important distinction is the

following: It is certainly true that in the history of war the cases of winning with surprise moves

have all been marvelous because of their excellent execution, but not all victories have been

achieved through surprise moves. There have also been many examples of achieving victories

through non-surprise moves. The side-principal principle is different. Through analysis, the trace

of the rule of victory can be seen in every victory, whether the victory has been achieved through









surprise or non-surprise moves: that is, that the victory is the effect of the side-principal principle

demonstrated in either in a “surprise” or “non-surprise” way.


No matter how clear we state the side-principal rule or the rule of victory, we can only proceed

with the application of the rule in a fuzzy way. Sometimes, being fuzzy is the best way of

reaching clarity. For only fuzziness is good for being grasped in an overall manner. This is the

Eastern style of thinking. But, in a peculiar way, it has met Occidental wisdom at the golden

point of 0.618. As a result. Occidental logic, reasoning, and precision and Eastern instinct,

understanding, and murkiness have provided the basis for joining Eastern and Occidental

military wisdom and have generated the rule of victory that we have discussed. It shines with

glitter, has both Eastern mystery and Occidental rigor, as if eaves at the Taihe Palace are placed

on a column at the Pathernon Temple, looking majestic and vibrant.




[1] Pythagoras was a philosopher and mathematician of ancient Greece whose famous axiom

was, “Everything is a matter of numbers.” That is, all existing things can be viewed, in the final

analysis, as relationships of numbers. In Pythagoras’ theory, things rational and things

nonrational were mixed, but his theory still exerted profound influences on the development of

ancient Greek philosophy and Medieval European thought. Copernicus recognized Pythagoras’

astronomical concepts as precursors of his proposition. Galileo was also considered an advocate

of Pythagoras’ theory. Using the golden section to demonstrate harmonious relationships in the

world was only one specific application of Pythagoras thinking; see Concise Encyclopedia

Britannica, Vol 1, p 715.


[2] See Summerson, Classical Language of Architecture, p 90.


[3] Divide a straight line of the length of L into two sections in such a way that the ratio of one

section to the entire line equals the ratio of the other section to this section, that is, X:L=(L-X):X.

Such a division is called the “golden section,” and the ratio is approximately 0.618. Erom ancient









Greece to the 19th century, people believed this ratio was of aesthetic value in formative art. In

actual application, the simplest method is to use as approximate values such ratios as 2:3, 3:5,


5:8, and 8:13 produced on the basis of the series of numbers of2, 3,5,8,13,21…; see Ci Hai

[A Grand Dictionary] (Shanghai Dictionary Press), 1980, pp 2057-2058.


[4] Dive bombing is a main method used by attack aircraft to launch short-range missiles,

rockets, and guided and unguided bombs. During an attack, an attack aircraft flies at a low

altitude to reach the combat point (40-50 km from targets) and then rises to 2,000-4,000 meters,

changing into the combat direction. At 5-10 km from the target, it begins to dive and drops

ordinance at 1,300-1,600 meters and 600-1,000 meters from angles of 30-50 degrees. In diving

attacks, weapons’ destructive precision is the highest [graph omitted] ; see the Russian periodical.

Foreign Military Reviews, No. 10 (1992).


[5] See Zhongguo Lidai Zhanzheng Shi [The History of War of China] (Military Translation

Press), Vol 1, pp 257-273, illustrations 1-26 of the annex.


[6] See Fuller, A Military History of the Western World, Vol 1, p 117. This book contains a good

analysis of the battle of Arbela and also illustrations graphically depicting the situations of the



[7] Masaier Boduo (France), Di Er Ci Shijie Dazhan Lishi Baikequanshu [Encyclopedia of the

History of World War II] (PEA Press, 1988). “The Soviet Union’s War Against Germany,” pp



[8] See “Biographies of Sun Zi and We Qi,” in Shi Ji [Records of History].


[9] See “Cao Gui’s Analysis of War,” in Zuo Zhuan. Eater, when participating in the Qi-Eu

meeting at Ke, Cao Gui seized Duke Heng of Qi with a knife, thereby forcing Qi to return to Eu

land seized from Eu. He was a good general, with both courage and wisdom; see “Biographies of

Assassins,” in Shi Ji.


[10] The battle of Cannae was the most famous battle in Western History and has been

mentioned in almost all works on the history of war. The book How Great Generals Win, written









by Bevin Alexander (U.S.), depicts the battle of Cannae vividly with the support of illustrations,

and can help to understand the “side-principal rule” that we have discussed; see Tongshuai

Juesheng Zhi Dao [How Great Generals Win] (Xinhua Press, 1996), pp 11-13.


[1 1] In 1937-1938 Manstein was the first deputy chief of staff of the German Army. Because of

internal conflicts in the German Army, Manstein was expelled from the Army Command and

became commander of the 18th Division. In 1939, the German Army Command issued an

operational plan for the western front, the “Yellow Operation Plan,” indicating the intention to

use frontal assaults carried out by strong right flank forces to defeat the British-French forces

expected to be encountered in Belgium, while using weaker forces to cover the flanks.


Obviously, this plan was a refurbished version of the 1914 Schliffen Plan. Manstein, then chief

of staff of Group Army A, formulated his own operational plan in the name of Group Army A.

He submitted the plan to the Army Command repeatedly in the form of a memorandum or a draft

operational plan. But it was rejected by high-raking generals of the Army Command each time.

Annoyed at Manstein, the Army Command transferred Manstein to the post of commander of the

38th Army. Manstein reported to Hitler his ideas by taking advantage of his meeting with Hitler,

and persuaded Hitler who, entirely a layman in the area of military affairs, had a high level of

capacity for understanding. The main point of one plan, called the Manstein Plan by Liddle Hart

after the war, was to conduct a surprise attack through the Ardennes mountains, conducting

focused assaults on the left flank and using armored forces in a concentrated way; see

Mansitanyin [Manstein], Shiqu de Shenli [Lost Victory] (The Academy of Military Science of

the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, 1980).


Guderian was commander of the 19th Armored Army and the best implementing agent of the

Manstein Plan; see Gudeli’an [Guderian], Shanji Yingxiong [Blitzkrieg Heroes] (Zhanshi Press,



[12] After becoming commander of a joint fleet, Yamamoto rejected the Japanese Navy staffs

idea of attacking the Philippines first and believed it necessary to launch a sneak attack on the









U.S. Pacific Fleet first, so as to paralyze it. On 7 December 1941, under General Nagumo’s

command, 6 aircraft carriers with 423 aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor according to Yamamoto’s

plan, sinking the battleship Arizona and three other battleships of the U.S. Navy and destroying

188 aircraft, greatly damaging the U.S. Pacific Fleet; see Fiddle Hart, History of the Second

World War, pp 276-335.


[13] Before the Trafalgar naval battle. Nelson told his subordinate captains a “secret method,”

that is, to change the traditional naval linear operational method by dividing the warships into

two groups. One group would attack the middle of the enemy fleet at a 90-degree angle,

separating the rear portion from the middle portion. Then concentrated force would attack ships

of the rear portion of the enemy fleet. Another group would separate the middle portion from the

forward portion and conduct a concentrated attack on the middle portion. It would be too late

when ships of the forward portion of the enemy fleet should try to come back to provide help.

The Trafalgar naval battle proceeded almost exactly as Nelson predicted. Although he was killed

from a battle wound, the British Navy achieved a complete victory; see Ding Chaobi, Shijie

Jindai Haizhan Shi [The History of Modern Naval Wars of the World] (Haiyang Press, 1994), pp



[14] Geha’erde Kangce’erman [as printed 2706 0761 1422 1795 1660 4595 1422 2581]

(Germany), Di Si Ci Zhongdong Zhanzheng [The Fourth Middle East War] (Shangwu Press,

1975); Qiaoen Jinqi [as printed 0829 1869 6855 1142] (U.S.) and others, Zhongdong Zhanzheng

[Middle East Wars] (Shanghai Translation Press, 1979).


[15] See Zhongguo Eidai Zhanzheng Shi [The History of War in China] (Military Translation

Press), vol 2, p 197.


[16] “Comprehensive superiority” was a strategic goal advocated by the U.S. Army in its

document, “Conception of the Army in 2010.”


[17] “Global engagement” was a 21st-century air force development strategy put forward by the

U.S. Air Eorce at the end of 1997 to replace the “global force for global reach” strategic doctrine









used to deal with the situation after the Cold War. In this respect, the six core areas of capability

of the air force were emphasized: air and space superiority; global attack; global rapid mobility;

precision strike; information superiority; and flexible operational support; see “Global

Engagement and the Conception of the U.S. Air Force in the 21st Century.”


[18] The concept of the “system of systems” was the result of joint research conducted by

Admiral Owens, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his senior advisor.

Black. According to Owens, the contemporary military technological revolution is no longer a

matter of revolution with regard to warships, aircraft, tanks, and other weapon platforms, but

there has been the entry of such factors as sensor systems, communication systems, and precision

guided weapons systems. The entry of such systems will generate a fundamental revolution in

the force structure and modes of operation of the military. Perhaps, in the future, there should no

longer be the division into an army, a navy, and an air force, but the division into a “sensor

force,” “mobile striking force,” and “smart support force”; see the interview of Owens by Chen

Bojiang, Guofang Daxue Xuebao, Xiandai Junshi, and Shijie Junshi.


[19] We do not support the optimistic view of the technology faction with regard to the military

revolution. We do not believe that technology can penetrate the fog of the “contingency” of war,

for contingency in war does not come from physical or geographical obstacles, but from people’s



[20] The side-principal rule is not the kind of theorem such as the statements that “all men will

die” and that “all swans are white.” Rather it is a rule for guiding people to victory in war.


[21] See Fuller, A Military History of the Western World, Vol 2, p 201; A Concise History of

War, p 86.


[22] We do not reject or neglect mathematical analysis, especially in the era of widespread use of

computers and in this country of ours where there is a tradition of advocating fuzziness and a

dislike of precision. In his Guoji Zhengzhi Yu Junshi Wenti Ruogan Shulianghua Fenxi Fangfa

[Several Methods of Quantitative Analysis of International Political and Military Issues], Fi









Hongzhi mentioned the use by Nigula Shiweite [as printed 1441 0657 2139 2457 1218 3676] of

the “Beiyete [as printed 6296 0673 3676] method” to analyze the Vietnam War, the Sino-Soviet

conflict, and the Arab-Israeli wars. In 1993 Li Hongzhi and others made accurate forecasts of the

Bosnia-Herzegovina war by using the method; see Guoji Zhengzhi Yu Junshi Wenti Ruogan

Shulianghua Fenxi Fangfa (Military Science Press).


[23] The quotation is from “Momentum,” in Sun Zi Binfa [Art of War by Sun Zi]. The “surprise-

non-surprise” principle is an important concept used by ancient military strategists in relation to

methods of war. To unpredictably make moves unexpected by the enemy is the “surprise”

method; to confront the enemy on the battlefield in an open manner is the “non-surprise” method.

Emperor Taizong of Tang had a good understanding of the “surprise-non-surprise principle.” The

Weiqing engagement was an example in this regard. “A Dialogue Between Emperor Taizong of

Tang and Ei Weigong” recorded the views of Ei Shimin and Ei Jing on the “surprise-non-

surprise principle.”









Chapter 7: Ten Thousand Methods Combined as One: Combinations That Transcend



[pp. 195-222 in original]


Today’s wars will affect the price of gasoline in pipelines, the price of food in supermarkets, and

the price of securities on the stock exchange. They will also disrupt the ecological balance, and

push their way into every one of our homes by way of the television screen. —Alvin Toffler

Understanding the rules by which victory is achieved [the subject of the previous chapter]

certainly does not equate to having a lock on victory, any more than knowing the techniques of

long-distance racing equates to being able to win a marathon. Discovery of the rules of victory

can deepen people’s knowledge of the laws of warfare, and increase the standard by which

military arts are practiced. But on the battlefield, the victor will certainly not have won because

he has detected more of the rules of victory. The key will be which contender truly grasps the

rules of victory in their essence.


In a possible future war, the rules of victory will make extremely harsh demands on the victor.

Not only will they, as in the past, demand that one know thoroughly all the ingenious ways to

contest for victory on the battlefield. Even more so, they will impose demands which will mean

that most of the warriors will be inadequately prepared, or will feel as though they are in the

dark: the war will be fought and won in a war beyond the battlefield; the struggle for victory will

take place on a battlefield beyond the battlefield.


Using this specific meaning, even modern military men like Powell, Schwartzkopf, or even

Sullivan [U.S. Army Chief of Staff, 1991-1995] or Shalikashvili cannot be considered “modern.”

Instead, they seem more like a group of traditional military men. This is because a chasm has

already appeared between traditional soldiers and what we call modern soldiers. Although this

gap is not unbridgeable, it does require a leap in terms of a complete military rethink. To many

professional military people this is potentially something they could not hope to achieve if they









spent the rest of their lives on it. In fact it is very simple. The [necessary new] method is to create

a complete military Machiavelli.


Achieve objectives by fair means or foul, that is the most important spiritual legacy of this Italian

political thinker of the Renaissance. [1 ] In the Middle Ages, this represented a breakthrough

against romantic chivalry and the declining tradition of knighthood. It meant using means, some

possibly comprehensive, without restraint to achieve an objective; this holds for warfare also.

Even though Machiavelli was not the earliest source of “an ideology of going beyond limits”

(China’s Han Feizi preceded him[2 ]), he was its clearest exponent.


The existence of boundaries is a prerequisite for differentiating objects one from another. In a

world where all things are interdependent, the significance of boundaries is merely relative. The

expression “to exceed limits” means to go beyond things which are called or understood to be

boundaries. It does not matter whether they fall into the category of physical, spiritual, or

technical, or if they are called “limits,” “defined limits,” “constraints,” “borders,” “rules,” “laws,”

“maximum limits,” or even “taboos.” Speaking in terms of war, this could mean the boundary

between the battlefield and what is not the battlefield, between what is a weapon and what is not,

between soldier and noncombatant, between state and non-state or supra-state. Possibly it might

also include technical, scientific, theoretical, psychological, ethical, traditional, customary, and

other sorts of boundaries. In summary, it means all boundaries which restrict warfare to within a

specified range. The real meaning of the concept of exceeding limits which we propose is, first

of all, to transcend ideology. Only secondarily does it mean, when taking action, to transcend

limits and boundaries when necessary, when they can be transcended, and select the most

appropriate means (including extreme means). It does not mean that extreme means must be

selected always and everywhere. When speaking of military people in this technologically

integrated era, there are actually more facets to consider now, an abundance of usable resources

(meaning all material and non-material resources), so that no matter what limits military people

face, there is always a means which can break through those limits, many more means than in the









environment from whence Machiavelli came. Thus, the requirements for modern military people

with regard to transcending their way of thinking also involve being more thorough.


We said earlier [p. 146] that combinations were the cocktails in the glasses of the great masters

of warfare. [That is, Alexander the Great and the martial kings of the Zhou Dynasty never heard

of cocktails, but they knew the value of the combined use of things.] But in past wars, the

combination of weapons, means, battle arrays, and stratagems was all done within the limits of

the military sphere. This narrow sense of the concept of combinations is, of course, very

inadequate for today. He who wants to win today’s wars, or those of tomorrow, to have victory

firmly in his grasp, must “combine” all of the resources of war which he has at his disposal and

use them as means to prosecute the war. And even this will not be enough. He must combine

them according to the demands of the rules of victory. Even this will still not be enough, because

the rules of victory cannot guarantee that victory will drop like ripe fruit into a basket. It still

needs a skilled hand to pluck it. That hand is the concept of “going beyond limits,” surpassing all

boundaries and conforming with the laws of victory when conducting warfare with

combinations. Thus we obtain a complete concept, a completely new method of warfare called

“modified combined war that goes beyond limits.” [ “pian zheng shi chao xian zuhe zhan” 0252

2973 1709 6389 7098 4809 0678 2069]


Supra-National Combinations [Chao Guojia Zuhe]


[Combining National, International, and Non-State Organizations]


It seems we now face another paradox: in terms of theory, “going beyond limits” should mean no

restrictions of any kind, going beyond everything. But in fact, unlimited surpassing of limits is

impossible to achieve. Any surpassing of limits can only be done within certain restrictions. That

is, “going beyond limits” certainly does not equate to “no limits,” only to the expansion of

“limited.” That is, to go beyond the intrinsic boundaries of a certain area or a certain direction.









and to combine opportunities and means in more areas or in more directions, so as to achieve a

set objective.


This is our definition of “combined war that goes beyond limits.”


As a method of warfare with “beyond – limits” as its major feature, its principle is to assemble

and blend together more means to resolve a problem in a range wider than the problem itself. For

example, when national security is threatened, the answer is not simply a matter of selecting the

means to confront the other nation militarily, but rather a matter of dispelling the crisis through

the employment of “supra-national combinations.”


We see from history that the nation-state is the highest form of the idea of security. For Chinese

people, the nation-state even equates to the great concept of all-under-heaven [tianxia 1131 0007

classical name for China]. Nowadays, the significance of the word “country” in terms of

nationality or geography is no more than a large or small link in the human society of the “world

village.” Modern countries are affected more and more by regional or world-wide organizations,

such as the European Community [sic; now the European Union], ASEAN, OPEC, APEC, the

International Monetary Eund, the World Bank, the WTO, and the biggest of them all, the United

Nations. Besides these, a large number of multinational organizations and non-state

organizations of all shapes and sizes, such as multinational corporations, trade associations,

peace and environmental organizations, the Olympic Committee, religious organizations,

terrorist organizations, small groups of hackers, etc., dart from left and right into a country’s

path. These multinational, non-state, and supra-national organizations together consitute an up

and coming worldwide system of power. [3]


Perhaps not many people have noticed, but the factors described above are leading us into an era

of transformation in which great power politics are yielding to supra-national politics. The main

characteristic of this era is that it is transitional: many indications of it are appearing, and many

processes are just now beginning. National power is a main part, and supra-national,

multinational, and non-state power is another main part, and the final verdict on which of these









will play the main role on the international stage has yet to be delivered. On the one hand, the big

powers still play the dominant part. In particular, that all-round big power, the United States, and

the big economic powers like Japan and Germany, and the rising power China, and the fading

power Russia, are all trying to exert their own influence on the overall situation. On the other

hand, there are far-sighted big powers which have clearly already begun to borrow the power of

supra-national, multinational, and non-state players to redouble and expand their own influence.

They realize they cannot achieve their objectives by relying only on their own power. The most

recent and most typical example is the use of the euro to unify the European Community. This

vigorous process has continued to today, but it has just now emerged from a period of

floundering. The time when the process will conclude is still far off. The recent direction and the

long-range prospect are not clear-cut. They are things which come about as a matter of course.

Nevertheless, some signs of a trend are evident; that is, the curtain is now slowly falling on the

era in which the final decision on victory and defeat is made by way of state vs. state tests of

strength. Instead, the curtain is quietly opening on an era in which problems will be resolved and

objectives achieved by using supra-national means on a stage larger than the size of a country. [4



In view of this, we list “supra-national combinations” as being among the essential factors of

warfare that exceeds limits.


In this world of mutually penetrating political, economic, ideological, technical, and cultural

influences, with networks, clones, Hollywood, hot girls [la mei 6584 1188 — internet

pornography], and the World Cup easily bypassing territorial boundary markers, it is very hard to

realize hopes of assuring security and pursuing interests in a purely national sense. Only a fool

like Saddam Hussein would seek to fulfill his own wild ambition by outright territorial

occupation. Facts make it clear that acting in this way in the closing years of the 20th Century is

clearly behind the times, and will certainly lead to defeat. Also pursuing its national security and

national interests, as a mature great power the United States appeared much smarter than Iraq.









Since the day they stepped onto the international stage, the Americans have been seizing things

by force or by trickery, and the benefits they obtained from other countries were many times

greater than anyone knows than what Iraq got from Kuwait. The reasons cannot be explained as

merely “might makes right,” and they are not just a problem of an evasion of international norms

and vetoes. This is because, in all its foreign actions, the United States always tries to get as

many followers as possible, in order to avoid becoming a leader with no support, out there all

alone. Except for small countries like Grenada and Panama, against which it took direct and

purely military action, in most situations the United States pursues and realizes its own interests

by using supra-national means. In coping with the Iraq problem, the method the Americans used

a very typical supra-national combination. During the entire course of their actions, the

Americans acted in collusion with others, maneuvering among various political groups, and

getting the support of practically all the countries in the United Nations. The United States got

this, the premier international organization in all the world, to issue a resolution to make trouble

under a pretext provided by the United States, and dragged over 30 countries into the joint force

sent against Iraq. After the war, the United States was again successful in organizing an

economic embargo of Iraq which has continued for eight years, and it used arms inspections to

maintain continuous political and military pressure on Iraq. This has left Iraq in long-term

political isolation and dire economic straits.


Since the Gulf War, the trend toward supra-national combinations in warfare or other conflicts

has been increasingly obvious. The more recent the event, the more prominent this characteristic

is, and the more frequently it becomes a means used by more and more countries. In the past ten

years this trend has become the backdrop for drastic international social turbulence. Worldwide

economic integration, internationalization of domestic politics, the networking of information

resources, the increased frequency of new technological eras, the concealment of cultural

conflicts, and the strengthening of non-state organizations, all bring human society both

convenience and troubles, in equal means. This is why the great powers, and even some medium









and small sized countries, act in concert without need of prior coordination and set their sights on

supra-national combinations as the way to solve their problems. [5 ]


It is for just this reason that threats to modern nations come more often from supra-national

powers, and not from one or two specific countries. There can be no better means for countering

such threats than the use of supra-national combinations. In fact, there’s nothing new under the

sun, and supra-national combinations are not newly discovered territory. As early as the Spring

and Autumn period [770-476 B.C], the Warring States period [475-221 B.C.], and the

Peloponnesian War [431-404 B.C], supra-national combinations were already the oldest and

most classical of methods employed by ancient strategists in the east and in the west. [6 ] The

idea has not lost its fascination to this day. Schwartzkopf s supra-national combination in the

Gulf War can be called a modern version of the classical “alliance + combined forces.” If we

must point out the generation gap between ancient times and today and describe the difference

between them, then it is that for the ancients the idea was combinations of state with state, and

not vertical, horizontal, and interlocking supra-national, trans-national, and non-state

combinations. [7 ] These three ancient peoples could not have imagined that the principle would

remain unchanged in the present. Nor could they imagine the revolutionary changes which have

occurred, from technical means to actual employment. The brand-new model of “state + supra-

national -t- trans-national -t- non-state” will bring about fundamental changes in the face and final

outcome of warfare, even changing the essential military nature of warfare which has been an

unquestionable truth since ancient times. This method, resolving conflicts or conducting warfare

not just with national power, but also with combinations of supra-national, trans-national, and

non-state power, is what we mean by the general term supra-national combinations. From an

examination of some prior, successful examples it can be foreseen that from now on, supra-

national combinations will be a country’s most powerful weapon in attempting to accomplish

national security objectives and secure strategic interests within a scope larger than the country

itself. [8 ] As the world’s only world-class superpower, the United States is the best at using









supra-national combinations as a weapon. The United States never misses any opportunity to

take a hand in international organizations involving U.S. interests. Another way to put it is that

the United States consistently sees the actions of all international organizations as being closely

related to U.S. interests. No matter whether the nature of the international organization is

European, American, Asian, for some other region, or worldwide, the United States always

strives to get involved in it, and manipulate it. The 1996 U.S. Department of Defense Report put

it straightforwardly, “To protect and achieve U.S. interests, the U.S. Government must have the

capability to influence the policies and actions of other countries. This requires the United States

to maintain its overseas involvement, especially in those areas in which the most important

interests of the United States are endangered. “[9 ] For example, regarding the establishment of

the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization, the initial idea of its conceptualizer,

Australian Prime Minister Hawke, was that it would only include Asian countries, Australia, and

New Zealand. However, this idea immediately encountered strong opposition from President

Bush, and it was then expanded to include the United States and Canada. At the same time, so as

to check the momentum of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, the United States spared no effort

in instigating some Asian countries to sign independent agreements with the North American

Free Trade Area. Not only did the United States make its way in, it also dragged others out. It

might well be said that the United States used a double-combination tactic.


What people sense as a closely guarded secret is the attitude and methods of the Americans in

dealing with the Asian financial crisis. When the storm erupted, the United States immediately

opposed a Japanese proposal to set up an Asian monetary fund. Instead, the United States

advocated the implementation of a rescue plan, with strings attached, by way of the International

Monetary Fund, of which it is a major shareholder. The implication was that Asian countries

should be forced to accept the economic liberalization policy promoted by the United States. For

example, when the IMF extended a $57 billion loan to South Korea, it was with the condition

that Korea must open up its markets completely and allow American capital the opportunity to









buy up Korean enterprises at unreasonably low prices. A demand such as this is armed robbery.


It gives the developed countries, with the United States as their leader, the opportunity to gain

unrestricted access to another country’s markets, or to get in and clear out some space there. It is

little different from a disguised form of economic occupation. [10 ] If we completely tie together

these sorts of American methods; the sniper attacks against the finances of Asian countries’ by

the likes of Soros; the increase over ten years in the Americans’ general fund total from $810

billion to $5 trillion, still growing at the rate of $30 billion per month[l 1 ]; Moody’s, Standard &

Poor’s, and Morgan Stanley lowering the credit ratings of Japan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia at the

most critical or most delicate times; Greenspan’s concern over whether or not the Hong Kong

government’s counterattack against “fund raiders” will change the rules of the game; the Federal

Reserve Bank’s exception to the rules to aid the Long-Term Capital Management (LCTM)

Corporation, which lost money on speculation; and hearing the sound of “no” during all the

bustle and excitement in Asia and hearing the words “Asian Century” less frequently with each

passing day; consider all this and discover how cleverly it is all seamlessly linked together. [12 ]

Supposing these things were all combined and used to attack a long-coveted target, would not

that be a successful combined action with supra-national organizations + trans-national

organizations -i- non-state organizations? Although there is no direct evidence to prove that the

United States government and the Federal Reserve have painstakingly designed and used this

extremely powerful, concealed weapon, judging from the signs, at a minimum it can be said that

certain actions had their prior encouragement and tacit consent. The key to the issues which we

want to discuss here certainly does not lie in whether or not the Americans have intentionally

used such a weapon. But as a super-weapon, is it practical?


The answer is affirmative.


Supra-Domain Combinations [Chao Lingyu Zuhe 6389 7325 1008 4809 0678]


[Combinations Beyond the Domain of the Battlefield]









“Domain” is a concept derived from the concept of territory and used to delineate the scope of

human activities. Seen in this sense, a domain of warfare is a demarcation of the scope of what is

encompassed by warfare. As with the concept of “supra-national combinations,” the idea of

“supra-domain combinations” which we propose is also a shortened form. To be precise, these

terms should be followed with the words “of actions in warfare” if we are to convey in full the

intent of these concepts which we are constructing and employing. This is to make clear the

point that views about “supra… combinations” driven by beyond-limits thinking are confined to

the scope of warfare and its related actions.


The concept of supra-domain combinations lies between the previously discussed concept of

supra-national combinations and the concept of supra-means combinations [chao shouduan zuhe

6389 2087 3008 4809 0678], which will be explained below. As with its placement in our

discussion, the concept of supra-domain combinations is an indispensable link in the

groundbreaking line of thought about going beyond limits. Just as aircraft had to break the sound

barrier before they could fly at supersonic speeds, those who are engaged in warfare must break

out of the confines of domains if they are to be able to enter a state of freedom in thinking about

warfare. Breaking the boundaries of ideology is a prerequisite for breaking the boundaries of

action. Without breaking ideological boundaries, even in the event of a breakthrough in action

being made by relying on intuition, it will still be difficult in the end to achieve complete peace

of mind. For example, the U.S. Army’s doctrine of “full-dimensional operations” [see TRADOC

Pamphlet 525-5] and our “supra-domain combinations” are different in approach but equally

good in their effect (the term “full dimensional” means in all domains), but the U.S. Army’s “full-

dimensional operations” seems more like a burst of unusual thinking by a group of smart military

people, and not something built on the foundation of a line of thought which is by its nature a

complete breakthrough. And so, because ideas which are not completely thought out will

certainly face all sorts of obstacles, this ideological spark which could have set off a revolution

in military affairs very quickly, and regrettably, died out.[13 ]









The expansion of the domain of warfare is a necessary consequence of the ever-expanding scope

of human activity, and the two are intertwined. Mankind’s understanding of this phenomenon has

always lagged behind the phenomenon itself. Although as long ago as Cao Gui [hero of the

Spring and Autumn period] and as recently as Collins [John M. Collins, author of Grand

Strategy: Principles and Practices] there have been farsighted possessors of superior insight who

to varying degrees pointed out the mutually restricting relationships among the various domains

of warfare, up to now most people involved in warfare considered all the non-military domains

where they were as being accessories to serve military needs. The narrowness of their field of

vision and their way of thinking restricted the development of the battlefield and changes in

strategy and tactics to within one domain. From Kutuzov torching Moscow [before abandoning it

in 1812 ], without pity destroying over half the country in the strategy of strengthening defense

works and laying waste to the fields as his way of dealing with Napoleon; to the massive

bombing of Dresden and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, inflicting countless

civilian casualties in the pursuit of absolute military victory; to the strategic propositions of

“massive retaliation” and “mutually assured destruction;” none of these broke this mold.


It is now time to correct this mistaken trend. The great fusion of technologies is impelling the

domains of politics, economics, the military, culture, diplomacy, and religion to overlap each

other. The connection points are ready, and the trend towards the merging of the various domains

is very clear. Add to this the influence of the high tide of human rights consciousness on the

morality of warfare. All of these things are rendering more and more obsolete the idea of

confining warfare to the military domain and of using the number of casualties as a means of the

intensity of a war. Warfare is now escaping from the boundaries of bloody massacre, and

exhibiting a trend towards low casualties, or even none at all, and yet high intensity. This is

information warfare, financial warfare, trade warfare, and other entirely new forms of war, new

areas opened up in the domain of warfare. In this sense, there is now no domain which warfare

cannot use, and there is almost no domain which does not have warfare’s offensive pattern.









On October 19, 1987, U.S. Navy ships attacked an Iranian oil drilling platform in the Persian

Gulf. News of this reached the New York Stock Exchange and immediately set off the worst

stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. This event, which came to be known as “Black

Monday,” caused the loss of $560 billion in book value to the American stock market. This is an

amount equal to the complete loss of one France. In the years since then, time after time military

actions have touched off stock disasters which then led to economic panic. In 1995-96, mainland

China announced that it would conduct test launches of missiles in the Taiwan Strait and that it

would conduct military exercises. As the missile tracks etched the sky, the Taiwan stock market

immediately slid downward like an avalanche touched off by a bang. Although these two events

are not examples of the supra-domain combinations of which we are speaking, these two

especially do fall in the category of stupid acts like lifting a rock only to smash one’s own foot

with it. Their unexpected outcomes nevertheless suffice to set our train of thought into motion: if

one intentionally takes two or more mutually unconcerned domains and combines them into a

kind of tactic one can use, isn’t the result better?


From the point of view of beyond-limits thinking, “supra-domain combinations” means the

combining of battlefields. Each domain may, like the military domain, constitute the principal

domain of future warfare. But one of the objectives of “supra-domain combinations” is to

consider and select which domain will be the main battlefield, the one most favorable for the

accomplishment of the objectives of the war. From the practical experience of the conflict

between the United States and Iraq we can see that the 42-day military action of Desert Storm

was followed by eight continuous years of military pressure economic blockade -i- weapons

inspections, which was [and example of] the United States using supra-national combinations to

attack Iraq on new battlefields. And without mentioning the huge non-military damage caused in

Iraq by the economic blockade, the attack on Iraq’s military potential in the form of the United

Nations Special Committee for Weapons Inspections led by Butler, checking and melting down









large numbers of casualty-producing weapons for several years, has already far exceeded the

results of the bombing during the Gulf War.


These things make it clear that warfare is no longer an activity confined only to the military

sphere, and that the course of any war could be changed, or its outcome decided, by political

factors, economic factors, diplomatic factors, cultural factors, technological factors, or other non-

military factors. Faced with the far-reaching influence of military and non-military conflicts in

every corner of the world, only if we break through the various kinds of boundaries in the models

of our line of thought, take the various domains which are so completely affected by warfare and

turn them into playing cards deftly shuffled in our skilled hands, and thus use beyond-limits

strategy and tactics to combine all the resources of war, can there be the possibility that we will

be confident of victory.


Supra-Means Combinations [Chao Shouduan Zuhe 6389 2087 3008 4809 0678]


[Combination of All Available Means (Military and Non-Military) to Carry Out Operations]

During a war between two countries, during the fighting and killing by two armies, is it

necessary to use special means to wage psychological war aimed at soldiers’ families far back in

the rear area? [14 ] When protecting a country’s financial security, can assassination be used to

deal with financial speculators? [15 ] Can “surgical” strikes be made without a declaration of war

against areas which are sources of drugs or other smuggled goods? Can special funds be set up to

exert greater influence on another country’s government and legislature through lobbying? [16 ]

And could buying or gaining control of stocks be used to turn another country’s newspapers and

television stations into the tools of media warfare? [17 ]


Apart from the justifiability of the use of the means, that is, whether or not they conform to

generally recognized rules of morality, another point in common among the above questions is

that they all touch on the use of means in a supra-national, supra-domain way. They are also

issues in what we are talking about when we say “supra-means combinations.” And if we are to









make clear what supra-means combinations are, and why there should be such things, then we

must first make clear the following: What are means?


This question is practically not a question at all. Everybody knows that a is a method or tool by

which to accomplish an objective. But if things as big as a country or an army and as small as a

stratagem are all imprecisely called means, then the question is far from simple.


The relativity of means is an issue on which people have expended considerable effort.


We can see this sort of relativity in the fact that on one level, something may be a means, while

on another level it may be an objective. When speaking of supra-national actions, a country is a

means, but when speaking of national actions, an armed force or another country’s force is a

means, and the country becomes an objective. Pushing further with this reasoning, means of

unequal size are like a set of Chinese boxes one inside the other. A means at one level serves a

higher objective, while at the same time being the objective for the means at the next lower level.

Dropping this discussion of objectives, the complexity of what a means is still remains. We can

take any object and examine it from any angle or on any level and understand what a means is.

From the angle of domains, the domains of the military, politics, diplomacy, economics, culture,

religion, psychology, and the media can often be seen as means. And domains can be subdivided.

For example, in the military domain, strategy and tactics, military deterrence, military alliances,

military exercises, arms control, weapons embargoes, armed blockades, right down to the use of

force, these are all without doubt military means. And although economic assistance, trade

sanctions, diplomatic mediation, cultural infiltration, media propaganda, formulating and

applying international rules, using United Nations resolutions, etc., belong to different domains

such as politics, economics, or diplomacy, statesmen use them more and more now as standard

military means.


From the angle of methods, philosophical methods, technical methods, mathematical methods,

scientific methods, and artistic methods are all used by humanity to bring benefit to itself.

However, they can also be used as means in war. Take for example, technology. The emergence









and development of information technology, materials technology, space technology,

bioengineering technology, and all other new technologies are part of the expanding array of

means. Another example is mathematics. There is nowhere in which the influence of

mathematical methods is not seen in military terminology such as disposition of forces, base

figures [used to plan consumption] of ammunition, calculation of trajectories, probabilities of

deaths and woundings, combat radii, and explosive yields. Moreover, philosophical, scientific,

and artistic methods are also effective in supporting military wisdom and military action. This is

why people often refer to military ideology, military theory, and military practice as military

philosophy, military science, and military art. Liddell Hart [British officer and military theorist]

defined the word strategy as “the art of using military means to achieve political objectives.”

From this we can see that the concept of means covers a lot of territory, on numerous levels, with

overlapping functions, and thus it is not an easy concept to grasp. Only by expanding our field of

vision and our understanding of means, and grasping the principle that there is nothing which

cannot be considered a means, can we avoid the predicament of being confronted with too many

difficulties to tackle all at once and being at wit’s end when we employ means. During the crisis

in 1978 when Iran occupied the U.S. Embassy and took hostages, at first, all the United States

thought of was the rash use of military means. Only after these failed did it change its tactics,

first freezing Iran’s foreign assets, then imposing an arms embargo, and supporting Iraq in the

war with Iran. Then it added diplomatic negotiations. When all these channels were used

together, the crisis finally came to an end. [18] This shows clearly that in a world of

unprecedented complexity, the form and the scope of application of means is also in a state of

continuous change, and a better means used alone will have no advantage over several means

used in combination. Thus, supra-means combinations are becoming extremely necessary. It’s a

pity that not many countries are aware of this. On the contrary, it is those non-state organizations

in pursuit of various interests which are sparing no effort in search of the use of means in

combination. For example, the Russian mafia combines assassination, kidnapping for ransom.









and hacker attacks against the electronic systems of banks in order to get rich. Some terrorist

organizations pursue political objectives by combining means such as throwing bombs, taking

hostages, and making raids on networks. To stir up the waters and grope for fish, the likes of

Soros combine speculation in currency markets, stock markets, and futures markets. Also they

exploit public opinion and create widespread momentum to lure and assemble the “jumbos” such

as Merrill Lynch, Fidelity, and Morgan Stanley and their partners [19 ]to join forces in the

marketplace on a huge scale and wage hair-raising financial wars one after the other. Most of

these means are not by their nature military (although they often have a tendency to be violent),

but the methods by which they are combined and used certainly do not fail to inspire us as to

how to use military or non-military means effectively in war. This is because nowadays, judging

the effectiveness of a particular means is not mainly a matter of looking at what category it is in,

or at whether or not it conforms to some moral standard. Instead, it mainly involves looking at

whether or not it conforms to a certain principle; namely, is it the best way to achieve the desired

objective? So long as it conforms to this principle, then it is the best means. Although other

factors cannot be totally disregarded, they must fulfill the prerequisite that they be advantageous

to achieving the objective. That is, what supra-means combinations must surpass is not other

[means], but rather the moral standards or normal principles intrinsic to the means themselves.

This is much more difficult and complex than combining certain means with certain other means.

We can only shake off taboos and enter an area of free choice of means — the beyond-limits

realm — if we complete our picture of the concept of beyond-limits. This is because for us, we

cannot achieve objectives merely by way of ready-made means. We still need to find the

optimum way to achieve objectives, a correct and effective way to employ means. In other

words, to find out how to combine different means and create new means to achieve objectives.

For example, in this era of economic integration, if some economically powerful company wants

to attack another country’s economy while simultaneously attacking its defenses, it cannot rely

completely on the use of ready-made means such as economic blockades and trade sanctions, or









military threats and arms embargoes. Instead, it must adjust its own financial strategy, use

currency revaluation or devaluation as primary, and combine means such as getting the upper

hand in public opinion and changing the rules sufficiently to make financial turbulence and

economic crisis appear in the targeted country or area, weakening its overall power, including its

military strength. In the Southeast Asian financial crisis we see a case in which the crisis led to a

lowering of the temperature of the arms race in that region. Thus we can see the possibility that

this will happen, although in this case it was not caused by some big country intentionally

changing the value of its own currency. Even a quasi-world power like China already has the

power to jolt the world economy just by changing its own economic policies. If China were a

selfish country, and had gone back on its word in 1998 and let the Renminbi lose value, no doubt

this would have added to the misfortunes of the economies of Asia. It would also have induced a

cataclysm in the world’s capital markets, with the result that even the world’s number one debtor

nation, a country which relies on the inflow of foreign capital to support its economic prosperity,

the United States, would definitely have suffered heavy economic losses. Such an outcome

would certainly be better than a military strike.


The reality of information exchanges and intertwining interests is continually broadening the

meaning of warfare. Also, any country which plays a decisive role has various capabilities to

threaten other countries, and not just with military means. The use of means singly will produce

less and less effect. The advantages of the combined use of various kinds of means will become

more and more evident. This has opened the door wide for supra-means combinations, and for

the employment of these sorts of combinations in warfare or quasi-war actions.


Supra-Tier Combinations [Chao Taijie Zuhe 6389 0669 7132 4809 0678]


[Combine All Levels of Conflict Into Each Campaign]


When a war becomes a phase of history, the course of the war emerges little by little, like the

gradual cooling of molten steel. Erom the earliest small-scale local fights, to campaigns









consisting of interrelated battles on all sides, to wars consisting of a few or even several

campaigns, and finally to the possibility that a war could spread and become a great

intercontinental or worldwide war; in this way a war proceeds tier by tier up invisible steps.

Possibly it might also go back down. On each level are strewn moaning casualties and the bodies

of the dead, the muzzles of the victor’s guns raised high and the rifles of the defeated lying

abandoned, as well as many plans and stratagems, either wise or stupid. If we start with the last

page of a war’s history and go backwards chapter by chapter, we will discover that the entire

process is an accumulation, and all of the outcomes resulted from this accumulation. Victory is

an accumulation, and so is defeat. In terms of the two combatant sides, they followed a single

road to their outcomes. The only difference is to be seen in whether one ascended the stairs and

went higher or ascended the stairs and fell on them. Leaps and sudden changes all occur when

you set foot on the final step.


This is practically a rule.


But rules must be respected. To evade or break the rules requires prudence.


The issue is that what we are thinking about is precisely how to evade or break such rules. We do

not believe that all wars must gradually progress in level-by-level sequence, accumulating until a

fateful moment of destiny is reached. We believe that moment is something which can be

created. Finding a way by which we can continuously create that moment and not wait for the

accumulation, and then fixing that method as a kind of strategy, that is the thing which we should



Of course, we know that one battle does not constitute a war, any more than one soldier

constitutes an army. But this is not the issue we want to talk about. Our issue is how to use some

method to break down all the stages, and link up and assemble these stages at will. For example,

take a fight or an action on the tactical level, and combine it directly with an action on the level

of wars, or on the strategic level. We could change warfare into something like a dragon with









interchangeable limbs, torsos, and heads, which we could put together as we like, and which

could swing freely in any direction.


This is what is meant by the method “supra-tier combinations.” A level is also a kind of

restriction, similar to national boundaries, territorial boundaries, and the boundaries around

means. All are boundaries which must be surpassed in the actual practice of supra-combinations



Herman Kahn divided the threshold to nuclear war into a number of stages. Stages like them

exist in other forms of warfare as well. But if we truly follow Kahn’s line of thought, we discover

that the delineation of his 44 levels is excessively fine, and is not easy to work with. [20] Also,

because he focused more on dividing warfare into stages based on intensity, he lacked

penetrating insight into the essential nature of the levels of war. In our view, if the cuts dividing

the levels of war are made based on the two aspects of the scale of war and the corresponding

methods of war, then the levels of war are greatly simplified, and division into four levels is

sufficient. On this point, our views and those of some American military analysts are basically

the same, and differ only in their wording. Our specific delineation is as follows:


Grand War – War Policy [dazhan – zhance 1 129 2069 – 2069 4595]


War – Strategy [zhanzheng – zhanlue 2069 3630 – 2069 3970]


Campaigns – Operational Art [zhanyi – zhanyi 2069 1763 – 2069 5669]


Battles – Tactics [zhandou – zhanshu 2069 2435 – 2069 2611]


The first level is “grand war – war policy.” In terms of scale, this is military and non-military

actions of warfare with supra-national as the upper limit and the nation as the lower limit. The

function corresponding to it is “war policy,” which is what Collins calls “grand strategy.” We call

it “war policy” because strategy at this level mainly involves the political stratagems for warfare.

The second level is “war – strategy.” National level military actions include non-military actions

of warfare on this level. The function corresponding to it is “strategy,” that is, a country’s

military stratagems or stratagems of war.









The third level is “campaigns – operational art.” In terms of scale, this refers to combat actions

lower than a war but higher than battles. The function corresponding to this level has no title, and

often the concept of “campaigning” is used indiscriminately. Obviously this obscures the

implications of the scope and methods of combat operations, and so we have chosen the term

“operational art [ zhanyi; or war arts or art of warfare]. The selection of the positioning of this

level, lower than strategy and higher than tactics, would require elaboration on the meaning of

the art of warfare.


The fourth level is “battles – tactics.” This is combat actions on the most basic scale. The

function corresponding to them is “tactics.”


It can be seen at a glance that each of these levels has a corresponding combat function.


Speaking of traditional military men, perhaps throughout their lives their lessons were on how to

be skilled in employing these functions and fighting well at whatever level they were on.


But for soldiers who are about to be in the next century, it is far from sufficient for them just to

practice these functions on these four fixed levels. They must study how to disrupt these levels,

to win wars by combining all the factors from supra-national actions to specific battles. This is

certainly not a mission which cannot be accomplished. To put it quite simply, as an attempt to

match up war policy, strategy, operational art, and tactics with methods, the principle of supra-

tier combinations is nothing more than a matter of interchangeable and easily transposed roles.

Examples are using a strategic method which is some sort of non-military action to go along with

the accomplishment of a tactical mission, or using a tactical method to accomplish an objective

on the war policy level. This is because, the trend of warfare shows more and more clearly this

sort of indication: it is definitely not the case that the problems at one level can only be solved by

the means at one level. No matter whether it is allocating only a fraction of the resources, or

using a big machete to kill a chicken, it is a feasible method so long as it works well.


Bin Laden used a tactical level method of only two truckloads of explosives and threatened U.S.

national interests on the strategic level, whereas the Americans can only achieve the strategic









objective of protecting their own safety by carrying out tactical level retaliation against him.

Another example is that in past wars, the smallest combat element was the combination of a man

and a machine, and its usefulness would normally not go beyond the scale of battles. In beyond-

limits war, by contrast, the man-machine combination performs multiple offensive functions

which span the levels from battles to war policy. One hacker -i- one modem causes an enemy

damage and losses almost equal to those of a war. Because it has the breadth and secrecy of

trans-level combat, this method of individual combat very easily achieves results on the strategic

and even war policy levels.


This is the gist and significance of supra-level combinations.


In warfare and non-military warfare which is primarily national and supra-national, there is no

territory which cannot be surpassed; there is no means which cannot be used in the war; and

there is no territory and method which cannot be used in combination. The applicability of the

actions of war to the trend of globalization is manifested in the word “beyond.” This word is

sufficient to mean using one to apply to ten thousand, but what we mean by ten thousand

methods combined as one is precisely covered by the word “beyond.”


It must be pointed out once again that combined war that goes beyond limits is first of all a way

of thinking, and only afterwards is it a method.




[ 1] B. Russell said of Machiavelli, “People are always shocked by him, and sometimes he was

indeed shocking. But if people could shake off their hypocrisy, as he did, then quite a few of

them would think as he did… (as Machiavelli saw it,) if an objective is considered to be good,

then we definitely must select some means which are sufficient to accomplish it. As for the issue

of the means, this can be handled with a purely scientific approach, without regard for whether

the objective is good or bad.” (Junwang Lun (On Monarchs), Hunan People’s Publishing House,

1987, pp. 115-123.)









[2 ] Born during the Warring States period [475-221 B.C.], Han Feizi was the great product of

the Legalist school of thought. In speech and actions, he emphasized the actual effect, as in “the

target at which words and deeds are aimed is results.” There were no other objectives or

constraints. (See Zhongguo Sixiang Tongshi (A Comprehensive History of Chinese Thought),

Hou Wailu et al., eds.. People’s Publishing House, 1957, p. 616.)


[ 3] In his book Powershift : Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century,

Alvin Toffler devotes a small section to a discussion of “new types of worldwide organizations:”

“We are now seeing an extremely significant shift of power, namely, from single countries or

blocs of countries to worldwide ’wrestlers’.” By worldwide wrestlers he means non-state bodies,

large and small, from the European Community to multinational corporations. According to

statistics from the United Nations’ 1997 Investment Report, the world then had 44,000

multinational parent corporations and 280,000 foreign subsidiary companies and subordinate

enterprises. These multinationals controlled one third of the world’s production, and had within

their grasp 70% of the world’s direct foreign investment, two thirds of the world’s trade, and over

70% of all patents and other technology transfers. (Source: Guangming Daily, Dec. 27, 1998, p.

3, essay by Ei Dalun titled “The Duality of Economic Globalization.”)


[4 ] In Brzezinski’s view, a number of groups of countries will appear in the 21st Century, such

as a North American group, a European group, an East Asian group, a South Asian group, a

Moslem group, and an Eastern European group. The struggle among these groups will dominate

conflict in the future. (Da Shikong yu Da Hunluan, a Chinese translation of Out of Control :

Global Turmoil on the Eve of the Twenty-first Century, China Social Sciences Publishing

House, p. 221.) The usefulness of the United Nations will increase continually, a trend which is

already evident. (See Zouxiang 21 Shiji de Eianheguo (The United Nations, Toward the 21st

Century), World Knowledge Publishing House.


[5 ] Eor example, ASEAN, the OAU, and other organizations have become or are now becoming

supra-national, regional problem solving groups which cannot be ignored.









[6 ] The “north-south” (six states united in opposition to the Qin) and “east-west” (Qin united as

one, or an alliance of a number of states to attack another) of the Warring States period are

examples of alliances between countries. (Zhanguo Ce Zhushi (Warring States Strategy

Explained), China Press, 1990, p. 4)


[7 ] Today, supra-national combinations are not just among countries. They also include

combinations between countries and trans-national or even non-state organizations. In the

Southeast Asian financial crisis we can see some countries working in combination with the

International Monetary Fund, and good cooperation against fund raiders.


[8 ] In his new [1997] work. The Grand Chessboard : American Primacy and its Geostrategic

Imperatives, Brzezinski writes out a new prescription for world security, the establishment of a

“trans-Eurasian security arrangement.” The center of this system is the United States, Europe,

China, Japan, Russia, India, and other countries. No matter whether Brzezinski’s prescription is

effective or not, at least it clearly points out a line of thought identical to our own, that of

resolving national security problems in a larger sphere. Carl Doe has said, “International

organizations are frequently seen as the optimum path by which to lead mankind out of the

ethnic national era,” and that the primary mission of integration is “to maintain peace.” (See

Guoji Guanxi Fenxi (Analysis of International Relations), World Knowledge Publishing House,

  1. 332.) [author’s name approximated from the Chinese version]


[9 ] Annual Report of the Secretary of Defense, Fiscal Year 1996 [translated into Chinese],

Military Sciences Publishing House [Beijing], p. 5.


[10 ] In an essay titled “A Discussion of the New Asian Resistance to Foreigners,” in the August

1998 edition of the Japanese magazine Bungei Shunju, Shintaro Ishihara expresses the view that

these various moves by the United States make clear its strategic plot to attack Asia. Although

the opinions of this “Mr. No” [he was a co-author of the nationalistic book The Japan That Can

Say No] are somewhat extreme, but not unique to him. (See Cankao Xiaoxi (Reference News),









August 15-16, 1998.) [Reference News is a newsletter with internal distribution only among

China’s Party and government officials.]


[11] See Reference News, September 29, 1998, p. 1 1, reprinting an article from the American

magazine Fortune.


[12 ] The number of observers who hold views similar to those of Shintaro Ishihara is certainly

not small. Economic observer Konstanin Sorochin expressed a similar opinion in an article titled

“What Role does the CIS Play in the Asian Financial Crisis?”, published on July 16 in the

Russian publication Forum. (See Reference News, August 15, 1998.)


[13] In today’s U.S. Army, “full -dimensional” is a concept limited to the military sphere. For

example, the principle of “full-dimensional protection” in Joint Vision 2010 mainly means

strengthening the U.S. military’s information protection. In the opinion of General [Johnnie] E.

Wilson of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the “Army of the future” capable of moving

throughout the entire world is a “full-dimensional force.” So it can be seen that the U.S. Army’s

thinking on the concept of “full-dimensional” discards its essence and just keeps the name. (See

Joint Forces Quarterly, Summer 1996.) [Joint Forces Quarterly is a publication of the U.S.

National Defense University. That issue carried an article titled “Joint Vision 2010: America’s

Military-Preparing for Tomorrow.”]


[14 ] The U.S. Department of Defense has tightened control over military web sites on the

Internet to prevent hostile powers from using family addresses. Social Security Numbers, and

credit card numbers to attack service members.


[15 ] Since the British government allows its secret agents to assassinate the leaders of what are

designated as terrorist countries, if some countries saw financial speculators who launch

destructive attacks against their economies as war criminals or terrorists, would it be considered

proper if those countries dealt with the speculators in the same manner?


[16 ] The legislatures of countries with representative forms of government cannot evade

encirclement by lobbying groups. For example, America’s Jewish organizations and its Rifle









Association have well-known lobbying groups. Actually, this practice was to be seen long ago in

ancient China. In the war between the Chu and the Han at the end of the Qin Dynasty [209-202

B.C.], Liu Bang gave Chen Ping a great deal of money in order to defeat Xiang Yu off the

battlefield. [Rebel general Liu Bang ousted Xiang Yu, who had won the fight to succeed the Qin



[17 ] An article revealed that Soros controls Albania’s political scene through control of the

country’s newspapers.


[ 18] See Carl Doe, Guoji Guanxi Fenxi (Analysis of International Relations), World Knowledge

Publishing House, pp. 272-273. [author’s name approximated from the Chinese version]


[19 ] Morgan Stanley Holding Company’s worldwide strategic analyst Barton Biggs is

considered the world’s most influential investment strategist because he is the president of that

$30 billion company and he holds 15% of its stock. Before the financial storms in Thailand and

Hong Kong, he and his company both took certain actions which pointed out the direction for

speculators. (See the article “A Preliminary Exploration of the Patterns of Action of Today’s

International Capitalism,” by Song Yuhua and Xu Yilin, in Zhongguo Shehui Kexue (China

Social Sciences), No. 6, 1998.)


[20 ] Regarding Herman Kahn’s Rungs of Escalation: A Conceptual (or Abstract) Explanation,

see Carl Doe, Guoji Guanxi Eenxi (Analysis of International Relations), World Knowledge

Publishing House, p. 234. [author’s name approximated from the Chinese version] The U.S.

military normally divides combat activities into three levels, strategic, campaign, and tactical.

(See U.S. Air Eorce Manual AEM 1-1, Meiguo Kongjun Hangkong Hangtian Jiben Eilun (Basic

Aerospace Doctrine of the United States Air Eorce), 1992 edition. Military Sciences Publishing

House, pp. 106-111.)









Chapter 8: Essential Principles


[pp 223-240 in original]


“Principles are a code of conduct, but not an absolute one,” -George Kennan


In the history of warfare, the first person credited with using principles to regularize methods of

fighting should be Sun Tzu. Principles which he advocated, such as “know the enemy and

yourself and in a hundred battles you will never be defeated,” “strike where the enemy is not

prepared, take him by surprise,” and “avoid the solid and strike the weak,” are still articles of

faith for modern strategists. But in the West, 2,400 years later, Napoleon would reveal his real

desire to the world famous Saint-Cyr Military Academy, which would one day emblazon his

name above its main doorway: “To write a book, describing the principles of war precisely, and

provide it to all soldiers.” Unfortunately, when he fought and won wars he had no time to write,

and after he was defeated he was no longer in the mood. To a marshal who created nearly 100

victories in his lifetime, this should be neither too big nor too little a regret. But having been born

a great man, it was enough for him to leave behind a brilliant record of victories for posterity to

scour in search of his path to victory. A hundred years afterwards, from the wars directed by this

old enemy who elicited dread from British people both during life and after death, a British

general by the name of J.F.C. Fuller induced five principles for directing modern wars. [1] All of

the West’s principles of modern warfare are descended from these. Although later military

regulations of quite a few countries and several military theorists proposed this or that as a

principle of war, all of those things differ only in minor ways with those originated by Fuller. [2]

This is because, from the beginning of the Napoleonic wars to the time prior to the Gulf War,

apart from the continual increase in lethality and destructiveness, there was no reason for an

essential change in the nature of war itself.


Now the situation has changed, because of all that happened during and after the Gulf War. The

introduction of precision guided weapons, non-lethal weapons, and non-military weapons has









derailed warfare from its mad dash down the track toward increased lethality and

destructiveness. Events have set in motion the first change of course since the dawn of history.

This has laid a new track for war in the next century, and given rise to principles with which

professional military people are unfamiliar.


No principle can rest on a flimsy platform waiting to collapse. This is even more true of

principles of war. Regardless of which military thinker produced them, or whatever military

headquarters regulations they come from, the principles are all undoubtedly the product of

repeated tempering in the furnace and on the anvil of war. If there had been no wars in the Spring

and Autumn period there would be no principles of Sun Tzu. If there had been no Napoleonic

wars, there would be no principles of Fuller. In the same way, if there had been no large and

small military, quasi-military, and even non-military wars throughout the world before and after

the Gulf War, then there would not be proposals for new concepts such as the Americans’ “full-

dimensional operations” and our “beyond-limits combined war.” And of course, the principles of

war which emerge with these concepts would be out of the question.


While we are truly sorry that “full-dimensional operations” theory died on the vine, we are

resolved that “beyond-limits combined war” will not be confined to the level of theoretical

speculation. Instead, we want to see it incorporated into combat methods with practical

application. Even though the intent of the “beyond limits” ideology which we advocate is to

break through all restrictions, nevertheless there is one constraint which must be strictly

observed, and that is, to abide by essential principles when carrying out combat actions. Only in

some exceptional situations should a principle itself be broken.


When deep thought about the rules of warfare congeals to become some type of combat method,

a principle is born along with it. Whether or not these combat methods and principles, as yet

untested in a new round of wars, can become road signs pointing the way to the next victory is

still very hard to say. But the proposal of essential principles is no doubt an indispensable

theoretical process for perfecting a combat method. Here’s a gyroscope, let it dance here for us.









Let’s have a look at the principles below and see what they can bring to “beyond-limits combined







Limited objectives


Unlimited measures




Minimal consumption


Multidimensional coordination


Adjustment and control of the entire process


Omnidirectionality — 360u Observation and Design, Combined Use of All Related Factors


“Omnidirectionality” is the starting point of “unrestricted war” ideology and is a cover [fugai

mian 6010 5556 7240] for this ideology. As a general principle of war, the basic demands it

makes on the prosecutor of a war are to give all-round consideration to all factors related to “this

particular” war, and when observing the battlefield or a potential battlefield, designing plans,

employing measures, and combining the use of all war resources which can be mobilized, to

have a field of vision with no blind spots, a concept unhindered by obstacles, and an orientation

with no blind angles.


In terms of beyond-limits warfare, there is no longer any distinction between what is or is not the

battlefield. Spaces in nature including the ground, the seas, the air, and outer space are

battlefields, but social spaces such as the military, politics, economics, culture, and the psyche

are also battlefields. And the technological space linking these two great spaces is even more so

the battlefield over which all antagonists spare no effort in contending. [3] Warfare can be

military, or it can be quasi-military, or it can be non-military. It can use violence, or it can be

nonviolent. It can be a confrontation between professional soldiers, or one between newly









emerging forces consisting primarily of ordinary people or experts. These characteristics of

beyond-limits war are the watershed between it and traditional warfare, as well as the starting

line for new types of warfare.


As a very strong principle applicable to actual warfare, omnidirectionality applies to each level

of beyond-limits combined war [described in Chapter 7]. At the war policy level, it applies to the

combined use of a nation’s entire combat power, up to supra-national combat power, in an

intercontinental or worldwide confrontation. At the strategic level, it applies to the combined use

in warfare of national resources which relate to military objectives. At the operational level, it

applies to the combined use on a designated battlefield of various kinds of measures, and mainly

an army or force of that scale, to achieve campaign objectives. And at the tactical level, it applies

to the combined use of various kinds of weapons, equipment, and combat methods, and mainly

one unit or a force of that scale, to execute a designated mission in a battle. It must be kept in

mind that all of the above combinations must also include intersecting combinations among the

respective levels.


Finally, it must be made clear that the scope of combat operations in each specific war will not

always expand over all spaces and domains, but the first principle of beyond-limits combined

war is to ponder omnidirectionality and grasp the combat situation.


Synchrony— Conducting Actions in Different Spaces within the Same Period of Time


The technical measures employed in modern warfare, and in particular the spread of information

technology; the emergence of long-range warfare technology; the increased ability to transform

the battlefield; the linking together of battlefields which stretch forever, are scattered, or are

different by their nature; and the introduction of various military and non-military forces on an

equal footing into the war — all these things greatly shrink the course of warfare. So many

objectives which in the past had to be accomplished in stages through an accumulation of battles

and campaigns, may now be accomplished quickly under conditions of simultaneous occurence.









simultaneous action, and simultaneous completion. Thus, stress on “synchrony” in combat

operations now exceeds the stress on “phasing.” [4]


Taking as a given the requirement for thorough planning, beyond-limits war brings key factors of

warfare which are dispersed in different spaces and different domains to bear in the same,

designated space of time. These factors revolve around the objectives of the war, executing a

well-arranged team-effort and combined attack to achieve surprise, secrecy, and effectiveness. A

single full-depth, synchronized action may be just one short beyond-limits combat operation, but

it may be enough to decide the outcome of an entire war. What we mean by “synchrony” here is

not “simultaneity,” differing by not even a second, but rather “within the same time period.” In

this sense, beyond-limits war is worthy of the name “designated time warfare.”


Using this as a standard, the armed force whose military capabilities most nearly reach this level

is that of the Americans. Given its current equipment and technology, one of the U.S. military’s

information campaign systems [xinxi zhanyi xitong] can within one minute provide data on

4,000 targets to 1 ,200 aircraft. In addition to this is the extensive use of long-range attack

weapons systems. This has led to a proposal for a “full-depth simultaneous attack” operations

ideology. In terms of space, the U.S. military is starting to abandon the pattern of actions with a

gradual push from the periphery towards the depth, and in terms of time, it is abandoning the

obsolete combat model of sequential actions. However, judging from some documents openly

published by the military, the Americans’ line of thought in this regard so far is still confined to

the scope of military action, and they have been unable to expand it to battlefields beyond the

military sphere. [5]


Limited Objectives — Set a Compass to Guide Action within an Acceptable Range for the

Measures [Available]


Limited objectives means limited in relation to measures used. Thus, the principle of setting

limited objectives means that objectives must always be smaller than measures.









When setting objectives, give full consideration to the feasibility of accomplishing them. Do not

pursue objectives which are unrestricted in time and space. Only with limits can they be explicit

and practical, and only with limits can there be functionality. In addition, after accomplishing an

objective, one will then have the resilience to go on and pursue the next. [6] When setting

objectives, one must overcome the mentality of craving great successes, and instead consciously

pursue limited objectives and eliminate objectives which are beyond one’s abilities, even though

they may be proper. This is because every objective which is achievable is limited. No matter

what the reason, setting objectives which exceed allowable limits of the measures available will

only lead to disastrous consequences.


The most typical illustration of expanding objectives is the mistake which MacArthur made in

the Korean War. Subsequent to that are similar mistakes committed by the Americans in

Vietnam and the Soviets in Afghanistan, which prove that no matter what sort of action it is and

no matter who is executing it, when objectives are greater than measures, then defeat is certain.

Not all of today’s statesmen and strategists are clear on this point. The 1996 U.S. Department of

Defense Report contains this premise from President Clinton: “As the world’s most powerful

nation, we have a leadership obligation, and when our interests and sense of values are subject to

great danger we will take action.” When he spoke those words, obviously even Clinton was

unaware that national interests and sense of values are strategic objectives of two completely

different scales. If we say that the former is an objective which American power can protect

through action, the latter is neither an objective that its power can achieve nor is an objective

which the United States should pursue outside its own territory. “World’s number one,” an

ideology corresponding to “isolationism,” always makes the Americans tend to pursue unlimited

objectives as they expand their national power. But this is a tendency which in the end will lead

to tragedy. A company which has limited resources but which is nevertheless keen to take on

unlimited responsibilities is headed for only one possible outcome, and that is bankruptcy.









Unlimited Measures — The Trend is Toward Unrestricted Employment of Measures, but

Restricted to the Accomplishment of Limited Objectives


We speak of unlimited measures as related to limited objectives. [7] The trend toward no limits

is a trend toward continual enlargement of the range of selection and the methods of use of

measures. It is not intemperate use of measures, and even less is it absolutist use of measures, or

the use of absolute measures. Unlimited measures to accomplish limited objectives is the

ultimate boundary.


Measures are inseparable from objectives. For a measure to be unlimited means that to

accomplish some designated objective, one can break through restrictions and select among

various measures. This is not to say that a measure can be separated from objectives and used

however one likes. Atomic weapons, which can annihilate mankind, have been viewed as

absolute measures precisely because they violated the principle that a measure must serve to

accomplish an objective. Finally people laid them aside. The employment of unrestricted

measures can only be, as Confucius put it, “as one pleases, but not beyond the rules.” Here,

“rules” means objectives. Beyond-limits ideology expands “as one pleases” the range of selection

and the methods of use of measures, but this certainly does not mean expansion of objectives “as

one pleases.” It only means to employ measures beyond restrictions, beyond boundaries, to

accomplish limited objectives. Conversely, a smart general does not make his measures limited

because his objectives are limited. This would very likely lead to failure on the verge of success.

Thus, the limited must be pursued by way of the unlimited.


Sherman’s advance toward Savanna in the American war between the north and south was not in

search of combat, it was to burn and plunder all along the way. It was a measure used to destroy

the economy in the southern army’s rear area, to make the southern populace and the southern

army lose the ability to resist, thus accomplishing the north’s war objective. This is an example

of the successful use of unlimited measures to achieve a limited objective.









In contrast to this example, in the fourth Mideast War [the Yom Kippur War, 1973], to

accomplish the combat objective designated by its front-line generals, which was the occupation

of the Sinai Peninsula, the battle plan of the Egyptian Army’s Supreme Command was just to

break through the Bar Lev Line and consolidate control of the Sinai. Egypt attempted to use

limited measures to achieve a limited objective. The results are well known. Egypt lost its hold

on victory when victory was in its very grasp. [8]


Asymmetry— Seek Nodes of Action in the Opposite Direction from the Contours of the

Balance of Symmetry


“Asymmetry” [fei junheng 7236 0971 5899] as a principle is an important fulcrum for tipping the

normal rules in beyond-limits ideology. Its essential point is to follow the train of thought

opposite to the balance of symmetry [junheng duicheng 0971 5899 1417 4468], and develop

combat action on that line. Erom force disposition and employment, selection of the main combat

axis and the center of gravity for the attack, all the way to the allocation of weapons, in all these

things give two-way consideration to the effect of asymmetrical factors, and use asymmetry as a

measure to accomplish the objective.


No matter whether it serves as a line of thought or as a principle guiding combat operations,

asymmetry manifests itself to some extent in every aspect of warfare. Understanding and

employing the principle of asymmetry correctly allows us always to find and exploit an enemy’s

soft spots. The main fighting elements of some poor countries, weak countries, and non-state

entities have all used “mouse toying with the cat”-type asymmetrical combat methods against

much more powerful adversaries. In cases such as Chechniya vs. Russia, Somalia vs. the United

States, Northern Ireland guerrillas vs. Britain, and Islamic Jihad vs. the entire West, without

exception we see the consistent, wise refusal to confront the armed forces of the strong country

head-to-head. Instead, the weaker side has contended with its adversary by using guerrilla war

(mainly urban guerrilla war) [9], terrorist war, holy war, protracted war, network war, and other









forms of combat. Mostly the weaker side selects as its main axis of battle those areas or

battlelines where its adversary does not expect to be hit. The center of mass of the assault is

always a place which will result in a huge psychological shock to the adversary. This use of

asymmetrical measures which create power for oneself and make the situation develop as you

want it to, is often hugely effective. It often makes an adversary which uses conventional forces

and conventional measures as its main combat strength look like a big elephant charging into a

china shop. It is at a loss as to what to do, and unable to make use of the power it has.


Apart from the effectiveness it displays when used, asymmetry in itself is a rule of action

suggested by the golden rule. Of all rules, this is the only one which encourages people to break

rules so as to use rules. Also it is an effective prescription for methodical and well-balanced

medical treatment for a chronic illness of thought.


Minimal Consumption — Use the Least Amount of Combat Resources Sufficient to

Accomplish the Objective


The principle of minimal consumption is, first of all that rationality is more important than thrift

[10]; second, the size of combat consumption is decided by the form of combat [11]; and third,

use “more” (more measures) to pursue “less” (lower consumption).


Rationality involves two aspects, the rational designation of objectives and the rational use of

resources. Rational designation of objectives, besides specifying objectives that fall within the

circle of the measures to be used, also refers to the need to compress the objectives’ load, and as

much as possible make them simple and concise. Rational use of resources obviously means

using the most appropriate method to accomplish an objective, and not just imposing a single-

minded requirement to economize. Economizing, that is, using the minimum amount of

resources, has meaning only if the prerequisites for accomplishing an objective are met.


More important than perfect familiarity with principles is how the principles are applied.

Whether or not the minimum amount of combat resources is used to accomplish an objective









depends on what form of combat operation is selected. The Verdun campaign is called by war

historians a meat grinder, because both sides waged a senseless war of attrition. By contrast, the

reason Germany was able to sweep away the joint British-French force after crossing the

Maginot Line was because it combined the shortest length of time, the optimum route, and the

most powerful weapons in a blitzkrieg. So it can be seen that the key to tmly achieving “minimal

consumption” is to find a combat method which makes rational use of combat resources.


Today, with objectives and the measures to accomplish them assuming many complex forms as

never before, confronting a complex objective in just one sphere and with just one measure will

definitely fall short of the mark. The result of a mismatch between measures and objectives is

inevitably high consumption and low effectiveness. The line of thought leading out of these

difficulties is to use “more” to attain “less.” That is, to combine the superiorities of several kinds

of combat resources in several kinds of areas to form up a completely new form of combat,

accomplishing the objective while at the same time minimizing consumption.


Multidimensional Coordination— Coordinating and Allocating All the Forces which can he

Mobilized in the Military and Non-Military Spheres Covering an Ohjective


“Multidimensional” here is another way of saying multiple spheres and multiple forces. It has

nothing to do with the definition of dimensionality in the sense of mathematics or physics.

“Multidimensional coordination” refers to coordination and cooperation among different forces

in different spheres in order to accomplish an objective. On the face of it, this definition is not at

all novel. Similar explanations are to be found in many combat regulations, both obsolete and

newly published. The only difference between it and similar explanations is, and this is a great

difference, the introduction of non-military and non-war factors into the sphere of war directly

rather than indirectly. In other words, since any sphere can become a battlefield, and any force

can be used under combat conditions, we should be more inclined to understand

multidimensional coordination as the coordination of the military dimension with various other









dimensions in the pursuit of a specific objective. It is not the case that in all wars military action

must be considered as the primary form of action. With warfare facing the equalization of the

various dimensions, this concept will become a formula for addressing the questions of future

wars. [12]


The concept of multidimensional coordination can only be established within the context of a

specific objective. Without an objective, we cannot speak of multidimensional coordination. But

the size of an objective determines the breadth and depth of the coordination of each dimension.

If the set objective is to win a war at the war policy level, the spheres and forces needing

coordination may involve the entire country, or may even be supra-national. From this we can

generalize that in any military or non-military action, no matter what the depth of the spheres and

the quantity of forces it involves, coordination among the various dimensions is absolutely

necessary. This certainly does not imply that in each action the more measures mobilized the

better. Instead, the limit is what is necessary. The employment of an excessive or an insufficient

amount in each dimension will only cause the action to sway between edema and shriveling, and

finally the objective itself will be in jeopardy. The bit of Eastern wisdom, “going beyond the

limit is as bad as falling short,” is helpful to our understanding and our application of this



In addition, we urgently need to expand our field of vision regarding forces which can be

mobilized, in particular non-military forces. Besides, as in the past, paying attention to

conventional, material forces, we should also pay particular attention to the employment of

intangible “strategic resources” such as geographical factors, the role of history, cultural

traditions, sense of ethnic identity, dominating and exploiting the influence of international

organizations, etc. [13] But this is still not enough. In applying this principle we must also come

up with beyond-limits action, and to the greatest extent possible make multidimensional

coordination a commonplace move in ordinary operations, and bring about interlocking,

gradational combinations at every level from war policy to tactics.









Adjustment and Control of the Entire Process— During the Entire Course of a War, from

its Start, through its Progress, to its Conclusion, Continually Acquire Information, Adjust

Action, and Control the Situation


Warfare is a dynamic process full of randomness and creativity. Any attempt to tie a war to a set

of ideas within a predetermined plan is little short of absurdity or naivete. Therefore, it is

necessary to have feedback and revisions throughout the entire course of a war while it is

actually happening, in order to keep the initiative within one’s grasp. This is what is meant by

“adjustment and control of the entire process.”


Because of the addition of the principle of synchrony, we cannot understand the adjusted and

controlled “entire course” to be a prolonged one. With modern, high-tech measures, this process

may take the blink of an eye. As we said before, the time it takes to fight one battle can be

sufficient to wind up a whole war. This may make the entire course of a war extremely short, and

incidentally make adjusting and controlling it much more difficult.


Today, with information technology welding the entire world together into a network, the

number of factors involved in a war is much, much greater than in past wars. The ability of these

factors to cloud the issues of war, and their intense influence on war, means that loss of control

over any one link can be like the proverbial loss of a horseshoe nail which led to the loss of an

entire war. [14] So, faced with modern warfare and its bursts of new technology, new measures,

and new arenas, adjustment and control of the entire process is becoming more and more of a

skill. It is not a kind of technology. What is needed to grasp the ever-changing battlefield

situation is greater use of intuition, rather than mathematical deduction. More important than

constant changes in force dispositions and continual updating of weapons is the whole set of

combat rules which are the result of the shift of the battlefield to non-military spheres. The

outcome of all this is that one will be sent to an unexplored battlefield to wage an unfamiliar war









against an unknown enemy. Nevertheless, one must adjust and control this entire unfamiliar

process if he is to win.


“Beyond-limits combined war” is this use of strange, completely new methods of combat to

wage war.


All of the above principles are applicable to any beyond-limits combined war.


Victory is certainly not in the bag just because a side adheres to the above principles, but

violating them no doubt leads to defeat. Principles are always essential conditions for victory in

war, but they are not the only conditions.


In the absence of a principle that victory is certain, there are only essential principles. We should

always remember this point.




[1 ] The five principles which Fuller summarized from the Napoleonic wars are attack,

maneuver, surprise, concentration, and support. Besides this, following the views of Clausewitz,

Fuller also induced seven principles similar to those of the Napoleonic wars: maintain the

objective, security of action, mobile action, exhaust the enemy’s offensive capability, conserve

forces, concentrate forces, and surprise. These principles became the foundation of modern

military principles. (See “The Writings of Fuller” in Zhanzheng Zhidao (Combat Command),

Liberation Army Publishing House, pp. 38-60.)


[2] An example is the U.S. Army’s nine main military principles: objective, offensive,

concentration, economy of force, mobility, security, surprise, simplicity, and unity [of

command]. These are very similar to the principles of war of the Napoleonic era.


[3] The battlefield of beyond-limits war differs from those of the past in that it encompasses all

natural spaces, such as the social realm, and the continually developing sphere of technology

where space is now measured in nanometers. Today, these spaces are interlocked with each

other. For example, outer space can be seen as a natural space, and also as a technological space.









because each step in the militarization of outer space requires a technological breakthrough. In

the same way, the interdynamics between society and technology are to be seen constantly.


There is no more typical example of this than the effect of information technology on society.

From these things we can see that the battlefield is ubiquitous, and we can only look upon it with

“omnidirectionality. ”


[4] Wars in the past involved, in terms of space, forces charging from boundary areas into

depths, and in terms of time, division into phases. By contrast, in terms of space, beyond-limits

war instead goes straight to the core, and in terms of time it is “synchronous” and will often no

longer be characterized by phases.


[5] [Footnote not marked in original text, but assumed to belong here] There is no more typical

example of this than four principles in the U.S. military’s Joint Vision 2010, which are,

“dominant maneuver, precision engagement, focused logistics, full-dimensional protection.” All

of these proposed new principles are for military warfare.


[6] Setting limited objectives is not a matter of whether or not one is constrained subjectively,

but rather whether or not restricted measures are exceeded. Measures are “restrictions” which

cannot be exceeded when setting objectives.


[7] For details, see How Great Generals Win by Bevin Alexander, pp. 101-125.


[8] Before the Fourth Mideast War, the Egyptian “Baierde Plan” [inaccurate Chinese phonetic

for “Badr”? (the war began on the anniversary of the Battle of Badr, 626 A.D.)] was divided into

two steps. The first step consisted of forced crossings of the Suez Canal, breaking through the

Bar Lev Line, and taking control of a 15-20 km [deep] area of the east bank of the canal. The

second step was to attack and capture a line running from the Mitla Pass to the Giddi Pass to the

Khatima Pass, guarantee the security of the east bank of the canal, and then expand into the

enemy’s depth as the situation warranted. But in actual combat, as soon as the Egyptian Army

crossed the canal it went on the defensive. It was five days before it resumed its offensive, and

this gave the Israeli Army an opportunity to catch its breath.









[9] The famous researcher of the development of capitalist society, Buluodaier [Fernand

Braudel? 1580 5012 0108 1422], placed particular emphasis on the “organizational usefulness”

of large cities in the capitalist world. Despite its big size, this world nevertheless has a number of

fulcrums, central cities such as New York, London, Tokyo, Brussels, and maybe Hong Kong. If

these were attacked simultaneously or if guerrilla war broke out there simultaneously, it would

leave the world in chaos. (The Motive Force of Capitalism, Buluodaier [Fernand Braudel?],

Oxford Press)


[ 10] Military principles have always included [the concept] “economize,” mainly referring to the

need to pay attention to controlling the consumption of manpower and materiel during wartime.

In beyond-limits warfare, “rational usage” is the only correct [way to] economize.


[11] Beyond-limits war allows for a great deal of leeway in the selection of the forms of combat.

Naturally there is a big difference between the cost of conventional military warfare and warfare

in which finance plays the leading role. Therefore, the cost of a future war depends mainly on

what form of warfare is selected.


[12] The most important [step toward] equality among various dimensions is to overcome the

concept that “the military is supreme.” In future wars, military measures will only be

[considered] one of the conventional options.


[ 13] In this regard, China is richly endowed by nature. A long cultural tradition, peaceful

ideology, no history of aggression, the strong economic power of the Chinese people, a seat on

the United Nations Security Council, etc., all these things are important “strategic resources.”


[14] In modern warfare, fortuitous factors influence the outcome of wars just as they did in

antiquity. If a fuse in a command center’s computer were to get too hot and burn out at a critical

moment, this could lead to a disaster. (This is entirely possible. It was a factor in a mistaken

attack by an F-16 over the Gulf. It happened because the electrical circuit in the “friend or foe

device” aboard a Blackhawk helicopter frequently overheated, and the aviators would

occasionally switch it off to lower the temperature.) This is perhaps the modern version of the









loss-of-a-horseshoe story. For this reason, then, “adjustment and control” must continue “through

the entire course.”













[pp. 241-247 in original]


“Computerization and globalization… have produced several thousand global enterprises and tens


of thousands of international and inter-government organizations.” — E. Laszlo


“Mankind is making progress, and no longer believes that war is a potential court of appeals.” —




At a time when man’s age-old ideal of “the family of man” is used by IBM in an advertisement,

“globalization” is no longer the prediction of futurists. An era in which we are impelled by the

great trend of technological integration that is plastered all over with information labels, agitated

by the alternately cold and warm ocean currents from the clash and fusion of civilizations,

troubled by local wars rising first here then there and by domino-like financial crises and the

ozone hole over the South Pole, and which causes everyone, including the futurists and

visionaries, to feel strange and out of place – [such an era] is in the process of slowly unfolding

between the dusk of the 20th century and the dawn of the 21st century.


Global integration is comprehensive and profound. Through its ruthless enlightenment, those

things which must inevitably be altered or even dispelled are the positions of authority and

interest boundaries in which nations are the principal entities. The modern concept of “nation

states” which emerged from the Peace of Westphalia [1] in 1648 is no longer the sole

representative occupying the top position in social, political, economic and cultural

organizations. The emergence of large numbers of meta-national, trans-national, and non-

national organizations, along with the inherent contradictions between one nation and another,

are presenting an unprecedented challenge to national authority, national interests, and national

will. [2]


At the time of the emergence of the early nation states, the births of most of them were assisted

by blood-and-iron warfare. In the same way, during the transition of nation states to









globalization, there is no way to avoid collisions between enormous interest blocs. What is

different is that the means that we have today to untie the “Gordian Knot” [3] are not merely

swords, and because of this we no longer have to be like our ancestors who invariably saw

resolution by armed force as the last court of appeals. Any of the political, economic, or

diplomatic means now has sufficient strength to supplant military means. However, mankind has

no reason at all to be gratified by this, because what we have done is nothing more than

substitute bloodless warfare for bloody warfare as much as possible. [4] As a result, while

constricting the battlespace in the narrow sense, at the same time we have turned the entire world

into a battlefield in the broad sense. On this battlefield, people still fight, plunder, and kill each

other as before, but the weapons are more advanced and the means more sophisticated, so while

it is somewhat less bloody, it is still just as brutal. Given this reality, mankind’s dream of peace is

still as elusive as ever. Even speaking optimistically, war will not be wiped out rapidly within the

foreseeable future, whether it is bloody or not. Since things which should happen will ultimately

come to pass, what we can and must focus on at present is how to achieve victory.


Faced with warfare in the broad sense that will unfold on a borderless battlefield, it is no longer

possible to rely on military forces and weapons alone to achieve national security in the larger

strategic sense, nor is it possible to protect these stratified national interests. Obviously, warfare

is in the process of transcending the domains of soldiers, military units, and military affairs, and

is increasingly becoming a matter for politicians, scientists, and even bankers. How to conduct

war is obviously no longer a question for the consideration of military people alone. As early as

the beginning of this century, Clemenceau stated that “war is much too serious a matter to be

entrusted to the military.” However, the history of the past 100 years tells us that turning over

warfare to the politicians is not the ideal way to resolve this important issue, either. [5] People

are turning to technical civilization, hoping to find in technological developments a valve which

will control war. But what makes people despair is that the entire century is just about gone, and

while technology has made great strides, war still remains an unbroken mustang. People still









expect wonders from the revolution in military affairs, hoping that high-tech weapons and non-

lethal weapons can reduce civilian and even military casualties in order to diminish the brutality

of war. However, the occurrence of the revolution in military affairs, along with other

revolutions, has altered the last decade of the 20th century. The world is no longer what it was

originally, but war is still as brutal as it has always been. The only thing that is different is that

this brutality has been expanded through differences in the modes in which two armies fight one

other. Think about the Lockerbie air disaster. Think about the two bombs in Nairobi and Dar es

Salaam. Then think about the financial crisis in East Asia. It should not be difficult to understand

what is meant by this different kind of brutality.


This, then, is globalization. This is warfare in the age of globalization. Although it is but one

aspect, it is a startling one. When the soldiers standing at the crossroads of the centuries are faced

with this aspect, perhaps each of them should ask himself, what can we still do? If those such as

Morris, bin Laden, and Soros can be considered soldiers in the wars of tomorrow, then who isn’t

a soldier? If the likes of Powell, Schwartzkopf, Dayan, and Sharon can be considered politicians

in uniform, then who isn’t a politician? This is the conundrum that globalization and warfare in

the age of globalization has left for the soldiers.


Although the boundaries between soldiers and non-soldiers have now been broken down, and the

chasm between warfare and non-warfare nearly filled up, globalization has made all the tough

problems interconnected and interlocking, and we must find a key for that. The key should be

able to open all the locks, if these locks are on the front door of war. And this key must be suited

to all the levels and dimensions, from war policy, strategy, and operational techniques to tactics;

and it must also fit the hands of individuals, from politicians and generals to the common



We can think of no other more appropriate key than “unrestricted warfare.”













[1] The general term for the European agreement of 1648. This brought an end to the 80-year

war between Spain and Holland, and the Thirty Years’ War in Germany, and it is also seen as

laying the foundation for all the treaties concluded up to the break up of the Holy Roman Empire

in 1806.


[2] The state’s position as the ultimate entity is being challenged from various quarters, and the

thing that is most representative as well as being most worrisome, is that the state’s monopoly on

weapons is being seriously challenged. According to the views of Earnest Jierna [as published

0679 1422 4780] in Nationality and Nationalism, a state is defined as the only entity that can use

force legally. According to a 1997 public opinion survey by Newsweek magazine in the United

States regarding “where the threat to security will come from in the 21st century,” 32 percent

believed it would come from terrorism, 26 percent believed that it would be international crime

and drug trafficking groups, 15 percent believed it would be racial hatred, with nation states only

coming in fourth. In a small pamphlet that the U.S. Army has put on the Web, but which has not

been published (TRADOC PAMPHEET 525-5: EORCE XXI OPERATIONS), the non-nation

forces are clearly listed as “future enemies,” saying that “non-nation security threats, using

modern technologies that give them capabilities similar to those of nation states, have become

increasingly visible, challenging the traditional nation state environment. Based on the scope

involved, these can be divided into three categories.


(1) Subnational. Subnational threats include political, racial, religious, cultural, and ethnic

conflicts, and these conflicts challenge the defining features and authority of the nation state

from within.


(2) Anational. Anational threats are unrelated to the countries they belong to. These entities are

not part of a nation state, nor do they desire to establish such a status. Regional organized crime,

piracy, and terrorist activities comprise these threats.









(3) Metanational. Metanational threats transcend the nation state borders, operating on an

interregional or even global scale. They include religious movements, international criminal

organizations, and informal economic organizations that facilitate weapons proliferation. See

The World Map in the Information Age, Wang Xiaodong, Chinese People’s University Press,

1997, p. 44-46. The U.S. military does not treat transnational companies which seize

monopolistic profits as security threats, and in addition to their deeply-rooted awareness of

economic freedom, this is also related to the fact that they still limit threats to the military arena.

Transnational companies such as Microsoft and Standard Oil-Exxon, whose wealth rivals that of

nations, may also constitute real threats to national authority, and can even have a serious impact

on international affairs.


[3] Legend has it that after Alexander the Great led his army into the interior of Asia Minor, he

went to worship in the temple of Zeus in the city of Gordium. In the temple there was a wagon

which had formerly belonged to Midas, king of Phrygia. It was secured very tightly by a jumbled

cord, and it was said that no one had been able to untie it. Faced with this, Alexander pondered

for a moment, then suddenly pulled out his sword and severed it at one stroke. From this,

“Gordian knot” has come to be another term for intractable and complex problems.


[4] In future wars, there will be more hostilities like financial warfare, in which a country is

subjugated without spilling a drop of blood. Think about it for a moment. What would the

disastrous impacts have been on the economies of Hong Kong and even China if the August

1998 battle to protect Hong Kong’s finances had failed? Furthermore, such situations are by no

means impossible, and if it had not been for the collapse of the Russian financial market, which

caused the financial speculators to be under attack from the front and the rear, it is still hard to

predict how things would have turned out.


[5] Regardless of whether we are talking about Hitler, Mussolini, Truman, Johnson, or Saddam,

none of them have successfully mastered war. This also includes Clemenceau himself.


















[pp 253-254 in original]


[FBIS Translated Text] The motives for writing this book originated from military maneuvers

which caught the attention of the world. Three years ago, due to participation in the maneuvers,

Xiangsui and I encountered each other in a small city in Fujian called Zhao An. At the time, the

situation was becoming daily more tense on the Southeast coast, both sides of the straits were all

set for a showdown, and even the task force of two American aircraft carriers rushed a long way

to add to the trouble. At that time, the storm was brewing in the mountains and the military

situation was pressing so that people were suddenly moved to “think up strategies when facing a

situation.” We therefore decided to write this book, a book which would be able to concentrate

together the concerns and thoughts each of us had over the past several decades and especially

during the last ten years concerning military issues.


There is no way of relating in detail how many telephone calls we made, how much mail was

sent, and how many nights we stayed awake over the next three years, and the only thing which

can serve as evidence for all of this is this small and thin book.


We must first apologize to readers for the fact that, even though we were very conscientious and

toiled painstakingly in the writing of this book, yet after the written word reflecting ideas were

set down much like shooting stars traveling across the sky and cooling into meteorites, all of you

(including ourselves) will still be able to find many mistakes and places which are inappropriate.

We shall not employ the apologetic words of “We request your kind solicitude” to seek

forgiveness but shall rather only make corrections in the second edition (if there is one).


Upon the occasion of the publication of this book, we would like to here sincerely thank the

Chief-of-Staff Cheng Butao and Assistant Chief-of-Staff Huang Guorong, of the PLA Literature

and Arts Publishing House for their unswerving support whereupon this book was able to be so

quickly published within such a short period of time. We would also like to thank Xiang Xiaomi,

Director of the First Book Editing Department. She has carefully and rigorously proofread the









entire book as she had done with the other four books which we have edited, and provided many

very valuable recommendations. We do not know any better way of expressing our thanks aside

from the deep gratitude which we feel.


Lastly, we would also like to thank our families for the sacrifices they made towards the

completion of this book, and this is again something which cannot be expressed in words.


The entire book was completed in manuscript form between March 2 and December 8 of 1998 in

Gongzhufen – Baizhifang in Beijing.


[Written on February 1, 1999]













Qiao Liang [0829 5328], whose ancestors came from Hunan Province, was born in Xin [1823]

County, Shanxi Province, to a military family in 1955. He is a member of the Chinese Writers’

Union. Presently, he is assistant director of the production office of the air force’s political

department and holds the rank of senior colonel in the air force, along with being a grade one [yi

ji 0001 4787] writer.


His most important works include Gate to the Final Epoch [Mori Zhi Men 2608 2480 0037

7024]; Spiritual Banner[Ling Qi 7227 4388]; and Great Glacial River [Da Bing He 1 129 0393

3109]. He has repeatedly won national and military awards. In addition to his literary creations,

he has applied himself over a long period of time to the research of military theory and joined

with other writers to pen A Discussion of Military Officer Quality [Junguan Suzhi Lun 6511

1351 4790 6347 6158]; Viewing the Global Military Big Powers [Shijie Junshi Lieqiang Bolan

0013 3954 6511 0057 0441 1730 0590 6031]; and A Listing of the Rankings of Global Military

Powers [Quanqiu Junli Paihang Bang 0356 3808 6511 0500 2226 5887 2831].


Wang Xiangsui [3769 3276 4482] was born in Guangzhou to a military family in 1954. He

joined the army at the end of 1970. He successively assumed the positions of political instructor,

group political commissar, section deputy head, regiment political commissar, and division

deputy political commissar. Presently, he works in the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force

Political Unit and holds the rank of senior colonel.


He has cooperated with other authors to write the books A Discussion of Military Officer

Quality; Viewing the Global Military Powers; and A Record of Previous Major Global Wars

[Shijie Lici Dazhan Lu 0013 3954 2980 2945 1 129 2069 6922].









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