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Globalization, techno-logical advancement, urbanization, and extremists who conduct suicide attacks for their cause have cer-tainly influenced contemporary conflict; however, warfare in the 21st century retains many of the charac-teristics it has exhibited since ancient times. Warfare remains a violent clash of interests between organized groups characterized by the use of force. Achieving victory still depends on a group’s ability to mobilize support for its political interests (often religiously or ethnically based) and to generate enough violence to achieve political consequences.
Joint doctrine defines an insurgency as an or-ganized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict