With the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, hybrid war became a buzzword within political and academic circles. This study examines hybrid warfare applications using contemporary and historical examples.
In addition to incisive commentary about the geopolitical implications of Vladimir Putin and his policies, this report includes a comprehensive survey of current and planned Russian weapons and military technologies, including hypersonic rockets, nuclear torpedoes, and electronic weapons.
Recent conflicts have directed much academic and media attention to special operations forces (SOF). Despite the attention, the application of SOF in asymmetric conventional warfare or irregular conflict has not been fully examined in the context of just war theory.
This study explores the nature of Russia's threat to NATO. It details Russia's national security strategy, military doctrine, and foreign policy toward the Baltic States to assess Russia's political-strategic objectives. It analyzes Russia's military reforms, recent performance in Ukraine and Syria, and organization and training for combat.
In order to deter Russian activity in the gray zone, the United States must shift its strategic framework from a predominantly military-centric model to one that comprises a whole-of-government approach. A whole-of-government approach requires the simultaneous application of various DIME measures.
This thought-provoking paper describes the irregular and hybrid tools and techniques that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his security and intelligence forces have used, first in the attack against Georgia in 2008, then in the assault on Ukraine, and now in Syria, to advance renewed Russian regional hegemony and strategic reach.