How can a an organization like ISIS start to invade Libya which is not connected to their stronghold areas in Syria or Iraq?
Would such an operation not require air lift of troops or massive sea transport and naval / air firepower?
maybe not if you consequently recruit, pay and equip local fighters in the target country and make sure that they also believe culturally in the same cause.
Can we use the westernization and Americanization of upper middle class groups in most countries to create local fighters fighting for freedom, justice and democracy because they believe in Hollywood, Katy Perry, Jeans and iPhones instead of a caliphate?
So there will be no need for naval fleets, aircraft carriers and air support anymore if the personnel and the equipment can be localized in the name of the West.
Probably China has already the same strategy in Africa…