The Defense Identity Crisis: It's a Hybrid World
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The defense enterprise is abuzz with lively debates on hybrid threats and hybrid war. Yet, newly emergent defense trends do not automatically merit exquisite definitions, new doctrine, or new operating concepts. As Frank Hoffman implies, such a caveat might be true of hybrid warfare. Hybrid war may not yet be reducible to a pristine, doctrine-ready definition. Continued efforts by Hoffman and others to describe it, however, remain invaluable.2 This trend is admittedly unsatisfying to concept developers and doctrine writers. By nature, they want to neatly categorize and define every aspect of military affairs. Yet, in this instance, patience is a virtue. For its part, too, the defense bureaucracy cannot rush to artificially dismiss a wider universe of defense-relevant, wicked challenges, in favor of a more limited and tame set of not-so-new, defense-specific ones.3 Unfortunately, the hybrid debate is moving in this direction.
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