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MELISSA APPLEGATE is currently a senior intelligence advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army from 1981-94, participating in Operations JUST CAUSE and DESERT STORM. She has served at tactical, operational, and strategic levels, in both conventional and special operations organizations. Ms. Applegate is a graduate of Michigan State University and received a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1994.
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Authored by Ms. Melissa Applegate.
Since the mid-1990s, the concept of strategic asymmetry has begun to receive serious attention from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, for instance, stated, "U.S. dominance in the conventional military arena may encourage adversaries to use . . . asymmetric means to attack our forces and interests overseas and Americans at home." But while American strategists and defense leaders sense the importance of strategy asymmetry, much analytical work remains to be done before it is fully understood. The author assesses the revisions to Joint Vision 2020, DOD's roadmap to the future, that must be undertaken in order to prepare for asymmetric challenges.