The fight for the future is not between the armies of leading
states, nor are its weapons those of traditional armed forces.
Rather, the combatants come from bomb-making terrorist groups like
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, or drug smuggling cartels like those in
Colombia and Mexico. On the positive side are civil-society
activists fighting for the environment, democracy and human rights.
What all have in common is that they operate in small, dispersed
units that can deploy anywhere, anytime to penetrate and disrupt.
They all feature network forms of organization, doctrine, strategy,
and technology attuned to the information age. And, from the
Intifadah to the drug war, they are proving very hard to beat.