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Asymmetric Warfare: Warfare in which belligerents are mismatched in their military capabilities or their accustomed methods of engagement.  In such a situation, the militarily disadvantaged power must press its special advantages or effectively exploit its enemy's particular weaknesses if the disadvantaged power is to have any hope of prevailing.  Using an adversary's strength against him, while exploiting his weaknesses.

International Terrorism: Terrorism involving citizens or the territory of more than one country. (As per 22 USCS 2656f.  Other definitions in other U.S. laws exist.)

Multilateral: Concerning activities involving more than two countries, or concerning activities of sub-regional, regional or international organizations.

Terrorism: Premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.  (As per 22 USCS 2656f.  Other definitions in other U.S. laws exist.)

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be either conventional high explosives or chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapons.


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