Accession Number : AD1020295


Title :   Countering Gray-Zone Hybrid Threats: An Analysis of Russias New Generation Warfare and Implications for the US Army


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : US Military Academy -Modern War institute West Point United States


Personal Author(s) : Chambers,John


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1020295.pdf


Report Date : 18 Oct 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The gray zone is an operating environment in which aggressors use ambiguity and leverage nonattribution to achieve strategic objectives while limiting counter-actions by other nation states. Inside the gray zone, aggressors use hybrid tactics to achieve their strategic objectives. While hybrid threats have historically been associated with irregular and conventional warfare, their use in the gray zone leads to a dichotomy between two types of hybrid threats that can mainly be attributed to the need for ambiguity and non-attribution in the gray zone. The two types of hybrid threats are open-warfare hybrid threats and gray-zone hybrid threats. A case in point is Russia's military actions in eastern Ukraine, part of what the Kremlin calls its New Generation Warfare. In this MWI report, Captain John Chambers draws on this case study to recommend ways the US Army can improve its capacity to counter ongoing as well as future gray-zone hybrid threats.


Descriptors :   contingency operations (military) , ethnic groups , unconventional warfare , culture (social sciences) , national security , human population , counterterrorism , department of state , international relations , military operations , public policy , threats


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE