- In Vietnam War, vastly outgunned Vietnamese forces literally defeated vastly over-equipped French and U.S. military machines;
- In the Cold War confrontation, significantly less resourced Warsaw Pact managed to sustain relative long-term parity with much more resourced Western counterparts (including NATO);
- In post-USSR years, vastly under-resourced Russia, compared to vastly over-resourced U.S. has been able to achieve quite a few ‘wins’ in geopolitical arena;
- Isis – with barely any resources, has managed to achieve huge gains against a range of much better equipped counterparties;
- In Afghanistan, Taliban – with military expenditure of just a few million per annum, is successfully holding the line against both the Afghan state and its backers; and of course,
- The ‘rust-bucket’ North Korea has just outplayed the U.S. in its race for nukes as a deterrent.
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