Literally, "little war", a strategy of fighting by a weaker side against a more powerful one using irregular, (civilian) warriors in occupied territory. Methods include deception, sabotage, assassination and propaganda, rather than open fighting, Success depends on gaining support from the people of the area promising them liberation from oppression. See TERRORISM.
Military and paramilitary operations conducted in enemy held or hostile territory by irregular, predominantly indigenous forces. See also unconventional warfare. (JCS Pub 1-O2) hasty attack: In land operations, an attack in which preparation time is traded for speed in order to exploit an opportunity. (JCS Pub 1-02)