Accession Number:

AD1047248

Title:

Gray Zone Legislation and Activities: Evaluating the Orchestration of Convergence Within the Gray Zone

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

101.0

Abstract:

In Gray Zone Legislation and Activities Evaluating the Orchestration of Convergence within the Gray Zone, Murphy examines military and intelligence activities within the Gray Zone and what directs their convergence. More specifically, the author analyzes the contemporary view that Title 10 and 50 legislation directs convergence based on legal context. Murphy then introduces classic military theory as a method to conceptualize two unconventional warfare and two counter terrorism case studies in the post-2001 security environment toppling the Talibanin Afghanistan the Syria Training and Equipping Program efforts against the al-Qaeda Senior Leadership and, the Counter-Lords Resistance Army campaign. Each case study demonstrates how convergence and divergence is heavily influenced by public support and political will. Public supporta populations passion for a political object over timevaries within each case study. Political willthe resolution to accomplish ends in light of risksalso varies within each case study and takes cues from public support. The author concludes by illustrating how legislation had a minimal role in determining convergence or divergence. In the end, classical military theory directs the convergence and divergence of military and intelligence activities rather than legislation.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE