Success in the Gray Zone

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"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

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Human Domain

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  • davidmaxwell
    Proposal of an Unconventional Warfare Strategy to Dominate the Human Domain
    davidmaxwell
    We have an office of counterterrorism, why not an office of unconventional warfare?

    Conclusion:
    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
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    03-07-2016, 01:41 PM

Defining the Gray Zone

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Russian Propaganda

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Gray Zone Strategy

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Gray Zone Studies

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  • davidmaxwell
    Kendall commissions 'gray zone' study in search of potential new playbook, technology
    davidmaxwell
    I guess the Gray Zone is now mainstream.

    Kendall commissions 'gray zone' study in search of potential new playbook, technology
    by Jason Sherman
    Inside Defense
    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
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    02-24-2016, 11:41 AM

Cyberspace

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  • Pat Duggan
    SOF's Cyber FRINGE
    Pat Duggan
    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

Unconventional Warfare

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