Success in the Gray Zone
"Our success in this environment will be determined by our ability to adequately navigate conflicts that fall outside of the traditional peace-or-war construct. In this “gray zone,” we are confronted with ambiguity on the nature of the conflict, the parties involved, and the validity of the legal and political claims at stake. These conflicts defy our traditional views of war and require us to invest time and effort in ensuring we prepare ourselves with the proper capabilities, capacities, and authorities to safeguard U.S. interests."
-GEN Joseph Votel, Commander, USSOCOM, 18 March 2015
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The Russian Competitive Viewpoint
What's Old is New - Kennan, Putin, and the Russian Competitive Viewpoint - by Michael A. Adelberg
Based on a comparison between the modern Russian perspective and that described in 1946 by George Kennan in his now-famous Long Telegram, the author concludes that Russia's current behavior and world-view are simply an evolution of the Soviet version. He offers the following insight and a potentially controversial inference from this comparison:
"First, the Russian world...04-22-2016, 03:14 PM
Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone
07-11-2016, 09:27 AM
We have an office of counterterrorism, why not an office of unconventional warfare?
A strategic hub of unconventional and political warfare expertise within the State Department and integrating all critical U.S. government capabilities under it provides the greatest hope for the United States to attain global unconventional supremacy. Only a lean but widely representative initiative will enable the United States to bring to bear the full weight of its national...03-07-2016, 01:41 PM
Defining the Gray Zone
Writing in the Atlantic, Peter Pomerantsev highlights the patterns of conflict on display in 2015 and predicts their growth in the new year. He writes that “In many ways, gray-zone conflicts are the dark flip side of globalization, where transnational media, economic integration, and the free movement of people create not a “global village,” but an environment in which we can all mess with each other in more insidious ways… Why risk an open conflict they would probably lose when the aim...01-06-2016, 05:18 PM
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Gray Zone Strategy
In this monograph, Dr. Antulio Echerarria proposes an alternative to the U.S. military's current campaign-planning framework, one oriented on achieving positional advantages over rival powers and built around the use of a coercion-deterrence dynamic germane to almost all wars as well as to conflicts short of war.
Dr. John Haynes of the US Army Special Operations Command offers the following review:
Operating with rival powers in measures short of war is not new, but contemporary...04-26-2016, 12:56 PM
Gray Zone Studies
I guess the Gray Zone is now mainstream.
Kendall commissions 'gray zone' study in search of potential new playbook, technology
by Jason Sherman
February 22, 2016
An influential Pentagon advisory panel is set to tackle the "gray zone" -- potentially laying the groundwork to formally codify an entirely new conflict paradigm for U.S. military planners alongside nuclear, conventional, and counter-terrorism operations -- in...02-24-2016, 11:41 AM
When everything is connected to everything else, warfare will have a very different face. Science will change more in the next 50 years than the last 400, and cyberspace is the key to unlocking its new opportunities. In the not too distant future, every Special Operations Forces (SOF) practitioner will be required to understand the basics of cyberspace, computers, and coding, not because they’re expected to be programmers, but because they’ll need those skills to conduct special operations in...02-10-2016, 07:50 PM
This is one of the best descriptions of modern unconventional warfare and special warfare.
Unconventional Warfare in the Gray Zone
By Joseph L. Votel, Charles T. Cleveland, Charles T. Connett, and Will Irwin | January 01, 2016
General Joseph L. Votel, USA, is the Commander...01-17-2016, 10:50 AM
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