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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Next Front in ISIS Fight
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Chaos, Complexity and Competition
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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
Russia's Contradictory Relationship
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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:
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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
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Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone
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