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Alliance strikes back: using multi domain operations to counter Russian hybrid warfare in the Baltics.

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Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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As a result of the space age and the Information Revolution, warfare is extending to new domains and being fought with new emerging technologies. Meanwhile, a resurgent Russia has been using hybrid warfare a combination of non-violent subversion, covert violent action, and conventional military forces to pursue its national interests outside of its borders. NATOs most acute challenge is how best to innovate and adapt in order to deliver collective security to the Baltic States. This paper will explore whether or not NATO should adopt the new U.S. Multi Domain Operations concept. This paper concludes that, while the Multi Domain Operations concept could counter, if not defeat, Russian hybrid warfare in the Baltics, that NATO should not adopt the concept because of low suitability. Of particular concern is the concepts lack of focus on preventing Russia using local populations as a tool of destabilization, the time it will likely take to penetrate Russian A2AD systems using the stimulate-see-strike process, and the detrimental effect that synchronizing actions across domains could have on one of NATOs key overmatch capabilities the Mission Command philosophy.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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