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Hybrid, ambiguous, and non-linear? How new is Russia’s ‘new way of war’?

Hybrid, ambiguous, and non-linear? How new is Russia’s ‘new way of war’? AbstractRussia’s recent operations in Ukraine, especially the integrated use of militias, gangsters, information operations, intelligence, and special forces, have created a concern in the West about a ‘new way of war’, sometimes described as ‘hybrid’. However, not only are many of the tactics used familiar from Western operations, they also have their roots in Soviet and pre-Soviet Russian practice. They are distinctive in terms of the degree to which they are willing to give primacy to ‘non-kinetic’ means, the scale of integration of non-state actors, and tight linkage between political and military command structures. However, this is all largely a question of degree rather than true qualitative novelty. Instead, what is new is the contemporary political, military, technological, and social context in which new wars are being fought. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Wars & Insurgencies Taylor & Francis

Hybrid, ambiguous, and non-linear? How new is Russia’s ‘new way of war’?

Small Wars & Insurgencies , Volume 27 (2): 20 – Mar 3, 2016
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2016 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-9558
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0959-2318
DOI
10.1080/09592318.2015.1129170
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Abstract

AbstractRussia’s recent operations in Ukraine, especially the integrated use of militias, gangsters, information operations, intelligence, and special forces, have created a concern in the West about a ‘new way of war’, sometimes described as ‘hybrid’. However, not only are many of the tactics used familiar from Western operations, they also have their roots in Soviet and pre-Soviet Russian practice. They are distinctive in terms of the degree to which they are willing to give primacy to ‘non-kinetic’ means, the scale of integration of non-state actors, and tight linkage between political and military command structures. However, this is all largely a question of degree rather than true qualitative novelty. Instead, what is new is the contemporary political, military, technological, and social context in which new wars are being fought.

Journal

Small Wars & InsurgenciesTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 3, 2016

Keywords: Russia; Ukraine; Crimea, hybrid warfare; asymmetric warfare; Spetsnaz

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