International terrorism has formed an important part of Soviet strategy and tactics since the end of the 1960s. One of the purposes of this publication is to draw attention to the fact that low-intensity conflict has been a part of Moscow’s policy throughout the 70 years since Lenin’s coup d’état in 1917. Low-intensity conflict can be described as a political-military struggle to achieve political, social, economic or psychological objectives. It differs from conventional warfare in that there is no actual deployment of national armed forces, it is protracted, raging continuously over decades, and ranges from psychological and political warfare to terrorism, including assassination and kidnapping.
Naturally, the West must defend itself against the use of this type of warfare by Moscow and it’s surrogates in Havana, Managua, East Berlin and Prague, to mention but a few. As it is state-sponsored covert warfare, the main responsibility for protecting Western societies lies with our governments. The private sector can, however, play a significant role by informing Western public about the threat.