Hybrid warfare – Implications for CAF force development

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Authors
  1. Chuka, N.
  2. Born, J.F.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
The subject of “hybrid threats,” “hybrid warfare,” and “hybrid adversaries” has generated considerable debate within Western militaries, academia, and the professional military literature over recent years. The debate has mostly centred on fundamental issues such as the validity of the hybrid concept, the historical uniqueness of hybrid actors or methods, and what force structure modifications, if any, should be undertaken by Western militaries to best prepare to address the challenges posed by such potential adversaries. For CAF Joint Force Development, the topic is significant enough to have warranted a distinct scenario in the 2014 Force Development Scenario Set. Using historical analysis, this paper identifies and discusses the strategic, operational, and tactical level characteristics of those organizations that have fielded ‘hybrid’ capabilities in the past. The paper then draws out implications to be considered by those involved in CAF force development activities.

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Keywords
hybrid warfare;joint;force development;capability based planning;scenarios
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-R43 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2014
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA039373
CANDIS No
800375
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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