Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2020
The convergence of state and non-state methods of war into a hybrid model is the key military trend of the last decade. This fact has received extensive treatment since the Iraq War and the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, but Kilcullen has done a great service by bringing his keen insight and experience to show how major states, including America's major adversaries, are learning from these developments and adapting accordingly.
Most books on current military trends focus on technology--Russian and Chinese cyber, space, and missile capabilities usually take top billing. The value in Kilcullen's book is that he takes a step back and examines how these adversaries actually think about conflict with the United States (noting that they see this as having already begun in the information space), and how they are seeking to adapt and undermine US conventional strengths and not simply to surpass them with better technology. This is a key distinction that too often goes unnoticed by the armies of defense experts who seem myopically focused on the latest piece of flashy, high-speed kit.