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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ISAB Study on Gray Zone Conflict
The International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) is requested to undertake a study of deterrence, dissuasion, conflict management, escalation, and de-escalation in the context of gray zone conflicts. These situations can be defined as competitive interactions among state and non-state actors that fall beneath the level of armed conflict, but involve the use of coercion by one side, usually in a gradual and/or indirect manner, such as...01-24-2017, 08:54 AM
SOF in the Gray Zone: An Operational Framework for Employing SOF
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Dunford: Global Security Environment Has Implications for Joint Force
"While the nature of war as a violent clash of wills in pursuit of political objectives doesn’t change, the character of war is changing in a rapid and fundamental way.”12-02-2016, 09:35 AM
To Operationalize Cyber, Humanize the Design
America's National Security Trilemma
Competent prosecution of small wars requires the ability to enact sound and timely decisions in a dynamic and very foreign environment. This requires detailed understanding of the conflict: the fears and interests of local and regional actors; the political, social, economic and cultural subtleties; and how to skillfully integrate elements of national power to protect and advance U.S. interests.10-04-2016, 09:50 AM
Russian New Generation Warfare
SOF Experience in the Philippines and the Implications for Future Defense Strategy
Special Operations Doctrine: Is it Needed?
Phases of War and the Iraq Experience
U.S. Special Operations Forces in Cyberspace
Cyberspace is a human space, as dynamic and uncertain as human nature. No longer simply a technical abstraction or manmade domain unto itself, cyberspace is a growing facet of every-day life that increasingly cuts across all aspects of Special Operations. Cyber is a dynamic space, a global commons of human practice, which embodies the actions, behaviors, and decisions of man. Cyber is also an uncertain space; and although its future impact to our national security is yet to be determined, it is...10-14-2016, 01:37 PM
Russian Propaganda is Pervasive
Call for Papers
The College of International Security Affairs (CISA), through its Joint Special Operations Masters of Arts program at Fort Bragg, N.C., is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual Strategic Studies Symposium to be held on Wednesday, May 17th through Friday, May 19th, 2017.
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Russian Engagement in the Gray Zone Symposium Report
The Special Operations Center of Excellence (SOCoE) and the National Defense University’s (NDU) College for International Security Affairs (CISA) hosted the second Project Gray Symposium entitled Russian Engagement in the Gray Zone, at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
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