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The 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is receiving renewed attention from defense planners and thinkers who see it as an important example of what the U.S. military might face in the future, reports Inside Defense.
The attention goes all the way to the top: Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses the increasing capabilities of non-state actors in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs.
In his essay, titled “A Balanced Strategy: Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age,” Gates writes, “militias, insurgent groups, other nonstate actors, and developing-world militaries are increasingly acquiring more technology, lethality, and sophistication — as illustrated by the losses and propaganda victory that Hezbollah was able to inflict on Israel in 2006.”
Full report at Inside Defense (paid subscription required)