From this commenter:
…The lone wolf concept is not a war-winning mode of operation.
Will it be a force multiplier?
Yes, it will. It will make the OpFor lie awake at night fearing the things they cannot foresee.
It alone, however, will not win.
The up-in-coming will however be different than anything we have done in the past. It will be different than the last insurgency. It will not look like Yugoslavia or any of the countless conflicts in Africa and South America. It will be uniquely American. It will be bloody and high-tech. It will not conform to the model that insurgencies of the past have taken.
I am glad for the info that Mosby posts but I think the classic model he presents is wrong in terms of the ratios and primary force. The up-in-coming will be a suburban insurgency. It will be conducted by small teams of subversive elements in suburban and urban terrain. The auxiliary will be spread over the terrain but primarily it will be rural. The paramilitary force will be small and will exist to provide security for the rural “safe zones” and conduct attacks on LOC between the metro hubs. The subversive elements will be the primary force and conduct the most operations in their AO they will move to the rural areas to rest and recover in rural safe houses. Supplies will be cached in rural areas and moved into the suburban zones. The battle will be network centric. Attacks will be focused on critical spots and designed to inflict the most physiological impact with the least physical damage possible.
The force that can maintain the most situational awareness at the lowest level of action will have the upper hand. That’s where the tech comes into play. The tech needs to support the ability of diverse teams to converge on a target, self organize, share information and communications and then disperse once the fight is over.
If people just read all that and said to themselves “I think that’s bunk, I am just going to hide in the woods with my rifle and I will get by”, then you are not even on the same playing field as the OpFor. That information I just spoke of is exactly what is being presented in white papers and staff colleges all across the country.
Don’t believe me?
Google “Network Centric Warfare”.
Add in blitz attacks of opportunity on TEAMEVIL targets both previously identified and discovered during the course of play, based on Rommel’s standing order of “In the absence of orders, find something and kill it“.
Play to win.
Audentes fortuna iuvat.