Today I held a guest lecture at the Akademia Sztuki Wojennej in Warszawa, Poland for one of their master programs. Today’s topic was “The Grey Zone, Hybrid Threats and Hybrid Warfare: Concepts & Cases.” As always excellently chaired by the Director of Global Affairs and Diplomacy Studies National Security Dr Marzena Żakowska.
Today I participated in a panel on Gray zone conflicts and the absence of institutional mechanisms at the 2021 Stockholm Security Conference: Battlefields of the future organized by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
This week I scouted and planned for a forthcoming staff ride in the Ardennes to be conducted next spring for a course on the Higher Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Swedish Defence University. It was great to be back after two years on zoom and I am very much looking forward to next spring when we (hopefully) can conduct the course as it is supposed to be conducted.
As always it was rainier than the pictures suggest…
It was great to be back IRL on Campus and discuss the Grey Zone and problems related to hybrid threats and warfare with our very skilled students.
Together with two of my colleges I conducted scouting and planning for a forthcoming staff-ride/field exercise in the Netherlands and Germany. the focus is on tactics and pedagogics, using Operation Market Garden and Operation Veritable as objects of study.
It was a very successful trip, creating insights essential before conducting the sharp exercise in November (hint: the overpass is being developed creating a radically new approach) as well as a lot of new pedagogical ideas that we will develop further.
On 5-6 November I am participating in the Warsaw Security Forum (WSF) 2021. WSF is a leading European platform devoted to transatlantic cooperation and focused on elaborating shared responses to common security challenges.
Hybrid warfare strategies blend conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyber-attacks with other influencing methods, such as disinformation, diplomacy and foreign political interference. There is a need for novel comprehensive approaches to counter them.
Today Dr Niklas Nilsson and I presented the findings of our edited volume on Hybrid Warfare at the Department of Military Studies of the Swedish Defence University’s annual staff day. We also received the Head of Department’s coin of recognition for the book.
The full book can be accessed for free here: https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/hybrid-warfare-security-and-asymmetric-conflict-in-international-relations/
Today I gave a lecture on Hybrid Threats and Hybrid Warfare at the War Studies University, Poland. A lot of interesting discussions on Hybrid Threats and Warfare, what to about them as well as the role of Ukraine for European Security and the role of NATO in the grey zone.