Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Dispelling the Fog of Hybrid War

The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has killed a term that has driven me nuts since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Dunford eschewed the term "hybrid warfare" to describe modern-day conflicts, arguing it had become "laden with baggage." Instead, conflicts involving military, economic and political muscling are better understood as "adversarial competition."

The excessive analysis of this so-called new style of warfare drove me batty:

Good Lord people, Russian "hybrid warfare" is just Russian aggression that we pretend isn't happening. Sadly, there's nothing new or novel about that.

Without the added baggage from analysis that obscured rather than revealed, that's what Russian hybrid warfare is.