The U.S. military’s skeptical response to hybrid warfare
Hybrid warfare has been a hot concept in the military and security community since the mid-2000s. But it has not made much of a dent on U.S. military doctrine, which is more concerned with urban warfare and its own theory of “multi-domain battle.” At the strategic level, American planners do not consider hybrid warfare as an operating principle – just one of a plethora of threats they must face.
The fog of cybersecurity
A worldwide surge of sophisticated cyberattacks has alarmed business, governments and experts alike. As long as it remains difficult to identify the attackers, while offensive cyber tools become more commonplace and easily available, one can expect such assaults to increase. Disruptive attacks on critical infrastructures have already crossed the “red lines” of past forecasts. Even so, we may still be underestimating the threat.
GIS Dossier: European defense
Europe is already engaged in a hybrid war with an adversary that has several tactical advantages. And the tension between Russia and the West only continues to grow. With terrorism still a worry and the U.S. demanding Europe do more for its own security, the EU remains without a strategy for coordinated defense.
Hybrid wars and tension between powers could lead to a global conflict
As differences between the large powers are growing rapidly and effectiveness of the nuclear deterrence diminishes in a multipolar world, the threat of a global war becomes real.
The fraying of sanctions
Two years on, there is no obvious endgame for Western sanctions against Ukraine. Some European Union leaders are already calling for normalized relations with Russia, even as fighting erupted in Donbas. But a “dirty deal” would carry a hefty long-term cost.
NATO summit responds to Russia’s hybrid cold war
Russia has developed a series of sophisticated techniques to test NATO’s boundaries. To prevent cyber- and info war from escalating into a full-blown conflict, the alliance must boost the capabilities of its frontline states and revamp its nuclear doctrine.
The EU needs a security strategy based on common interests
For several months, the European Union has been at work overhauling its defense and security strategy. During their June 2015 summit in Brussels, EU leaders assigned this task to the community’s chief of diplomacy. The European Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EGS) is due to be presented at the EU summit in June 2016....
Defence is crucial for Europe
There is widespread conviction in political circles that while local and regional warfare occurs across the globe, large-scale wars will not erupt. This conviction is based on the assumption that the legitimacy of many current regimes is based solely on improving the living conditions of their populations rather than on democracy, ideology or traditional legitimacy and accountability. But what happens if regimes which lack legitimacy fail to satisfy the expectations of their populations when ‘reforms’ are unsuccessful?