Category Hybrid War

On The “Gerasimov Doctrine”: Why the West Fails To Beat Russia To The Punch

On the “Gerasimov Doctrine”: Why the West Fails to Beat Russia to the Punch By Ofer Fridman, PRISM Vol. 8, No. 2 / Published Oct. 4, 2019   In August 2018, service members from many nations were represented in the Ukrainian Independence Day parade. Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine has been ongoing since 2015 and seeks […]

Turkey, Syria, The Kurds, And Trump’s Abandonment Of Foreign Policy

Turkey, Syria, the Kurds, and Trump’s Abandonment of Foreign Policy The New Yorker · by Robin Wright · October 20, 2019 Illustration by João Fazenda Much of the world watched aghast, last week, as President Donald Trump shattered any notion of an informed or sane U.S. foreign policy. He paved the way for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of […]

How To Win An Asymmetric War In The Era Of Special Forces

Excerpts: Despite the narrow focus on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency over the past eighteen years, Army special operations forces offer policymakers much more than expertise in “kicking doors.” They expand the range of military options to enable other instruments of statecraft to succeed. This way, the United States does not have to resort to armed conflict—it wins without […]

‘I Am Ashamed’: U.S. Special Forces Soldier Denounces ‘Insanity’ Of U.S. Abandoning Kurds

‘I am ashamed’: US Special Forces soldier denounces ‘insanity’ of US abandoning Kurds Washington Examiner · by Tim Pearce · October 10, 2019 A U.S. Special Forces soldier who most recently trained Kurdish fighters in Syria denounced his country’s decision to remove troops from northern Syria. Fox News national security reporter Jennifer Griffin posted on Twitter snippets of […]

The Rise and Fall Of A Russian Mercenary Army

Excerpts: Meanwhile, although out of favor in the Kremlin, Wagner continues to play a supporting role in Russian operations abroad. A Wagner contingent recently surfaced in Libya, aiding the forces of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli, attempting to help the Libyan commander reinvigorate his stalled offensive on the city—alongside numerous other […]

The Dark Side Of Our Drone Future – Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists

Excerpts: As the drone future approaches, policy makers, industry leaders, security forces, and technology innovators must prioritize key questions: How will national governments secure emerging drone infrastructures as they grow exponentially over the next few years? How will data be kept secure? Can the hacking of drones and spread of disinformation be prevented? And, in […]

NSA Activates Cybersecurity Directorate To Protect Weapons, Industrial Base

Excerpts: The President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee warned in a 56-page report to the White House last year that the United States will see more severe and destructive cyberattacks over the next decade than it has faced to date. The committee had urged the Trump administration to make cybersecurity a top priority, adopting the term “Cybersecurity […]

In 2002, The U.S. Military Conducted An Iran War Simulation. Iran Won.

David Maxwell Comment:  “Actually Lt Gen Van Riper won.  The question is is whether Iran is as good as Lt Gen Van Riper.” In 2002, the U.S. Military Conducted an Iran War Simulation. Iran Won. The National Interest · by David Axe · September 24, 2019 As tensions escalate in the Persian Gulf region, it’s worth recalling a 2002 […]

Could Hong Kong Become Belfast?

Excerpts: And it could get worse. As was true with the rise of the IRA, frustration and anger among more radical activists is growing, heightened by what Amnesty International has described as “torture and other ill-treatment” of those arrested during the protests. A 19 September Amnesty report documented cases of Hong Kong police beating detainees, […]

Digital Technology And The Suppression Of The Moscow Protests POLITICS<> Digital technology and the suppression of the Moscow protests by Lincoln Pigman<> | Published 16.09.2019<> [cid:image001.jpg@01D57551.5953C2C0] Lincoln Pigman on how Russian authorities used digital technology to suppress Moscow protests The Russian elections of Sept. 8 attracted international attention to an extent that is unusual for a non-presidential poll. Russians voted nationwide, though what […]