|Research on the concept of hybrid warfare : a case study of Ukraine
|Heikky Dewaele, Auteur ; Marcin Bielewicz, Directeur de thèse
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|Brussels [Belgique] : Royal Military Academy, 2019
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|SSMW 154 ; Master's dissertations ; Asymmetric warfare ; Ukraine--Foreign relations ; Conflits de basse intensité (Science militaire) ; Pacific settlement of international disputes--Study and teaching
Since the end of the Cold War, NATO didn’t have to face any major threats. This resulted in many of the member states to cut Defence budgets and to downsize their armed forces. The Ukrainian conflict however has been a wakeup call for NATO.1 It was obvious that the current approach to contemporary methods of conflict solving, reacting to potential threats and waging war was in need of revision. This revision of the used models and doctrine is necessary to be able to act in both proactive and reactive ways to different types of threats for all levels of conflict.
Scholars and military staff members have tried to create an all-inclusive model in order to attempt to visualize an extremely complex topic. The ever-increasing grey zone between war and armed conflict has never been so challenging as today.2 Every aspect of society plays an effective role while conducting hybrid operations. Conventional means remain the core of every military force, but it is nearly impossible to create sustainable solutions without being backed up by other power factors such as politics.3 Another distinction with past models of warfare is the fact that contemporary hybrid methods avoid crossing conventional thresholds which results in the adversary not being able to take adequate conventional responses.4
The value of information streams has never been as important as today. The user with the biggest outreach and output can simply saturate information flows and therefor adjust or influence public opinion in favour of the own narrative. This is of vital essence when it comes to implementing hybrid techniques.
I personally believe there still is a gap when it comes to building awareness and resilience against the possible dangers of informational flows and the use of cyberspace. Not only within the Belgian Defence but generally speaking. Due to information being so readily available in the 21st-century, people have acquired a rather negative attitude to perceive everything as genuine.5 There is need for a mentality change where information and the source of the information is put to question or at least not simply taken for granted
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