The central thesis of the essay is that the ability of the Department of Defense to execute its portion of O.S. national policy in the near to mid-term is based on the ability to maintain clear and unambiguous conventional military superiority in the face of emerging asymmetric threats, coupled with the ability to defend the homeland. Today, the interest of the defense establishment in asymmetric threats is nothing more than a modern recognition of an enduring truth: weaker powers, both state and non-state, will relentlessly seek ways to mitigate the dominance of the strong.
McNair Paper No. 62