Further Thoughts on Hybrid Threats, 'manda carallo' en Lahore

Prefacio español

La breve pieza de un tal Hoffman que abajo transcribo y enlazo literalmente de SWJ forma parte del debate oficial y oficioso que influirá decisivamente en la Cumbre de la OTAN a celebrar los próximos días 3 y 4 de abril. No voy a describir las condiciones en las que en España está ante esas decisiones. Con sólo describir, facilitaría elementos de crítica lesivos para lo que supongo es nuestro interés nacional vital al respecto. Un nuevo antecedente al estilo del de Mumbai: La yihad urbana golpea en el centro de Lahore. Mañana, o el mes que viene, puede ser en ........

Anexo foto de combatientes estadounidenses en Afganistán, cortesía del DoD, bajando hacia el valle donde les esperan, seguro, sus MRAP's. Sólo los desmemoriados y los malvados ignoran que los abuelos de estos ayudaron a liberar Europa usando de fuerza desproporcionada; entro video World War II America (Battle Hymn of the Republic).

Further Thoughts on Hybrid Threats

by Frank G. Hoffman, Small Wars Journal

I commend everyone's attention to Dr. Russ Glenn's belated entry (Small Wars Journal, 2 March 2009) into the hybrid conflict debate. I share with him some concerns about new terminology but such changes in lexicon help distinguish changes or nuances. It’s important to professional discourse, and sometimes new thinking requires new terms. The utility of the hybrid construct is not as a new entry into the long and pathetic list of US Joint Forces Command’s (JFCOM) Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs). Rather it is critical to current critical debates we have presently having. Taking Dr. Glenn's argument to an extreme, there would be little utility to anyone in our community reading Rupert Smith's The Utility of Force, or T.X. Hammes The Sling and the Stone, or John Robb's Global Guerrillas. All of these scholar/ practitioners have offered useful constructs on top of those like Van Creveld non-trinitarian wars, Arguilla's Netwars and Bunker's Epochal Wars. To ignore them because they posed a new construct, or one not invented at JFCOM where Russ now sits is simply bunk.

Each of these books and essays have tried to help capture new elements (if not entirely new, then different) in the ever evolving character of conflict. I have shamelessly stolen from them. Each of these constructs has had to overcome the narrow if not dead hand of the traditional school in military affairs. Dr. Glenn is not part of that rigid community, having committed a number of years to enhancing our understanding of urban operations. But his stated position suggests he might be willing to climb into bed with some traditionalist thinking that too often oversimplifies and underestimates our enemies. That approach has very little to show for it the last decade and is principally responsible for the ghastly cost we’ve paid since 9/11. Let’s not repeat that mistake as we peer into the 21st century and tried to pierce the fog.

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Guerras hibridas versus 4GW, reflexiones del tal Hoffman.

Interesantes, muy intereseantes para el debate del nombre y la tendencia de la cosa.

4GW as a Model of Future Conflict
Posted by Frank Hoffman on July 19, 2007 3:49 AM

Conclusión del articulo.

" Call it what you may, 4GW or Complex Irregular or Hybrid Warfare, it presents a mode of conflict that severely challenges America’s conventional military thinking......

It targets the strategic cultural weaknesses of the American Way of Battle quite effectively. It’s chief characteristic—blurring and convergence—occurs in several modes. In the blurring of combat and conflict, combatants and noncombatants, and the physical and the metaphysical.

The convergence of various types of conflict will present us with a complex puzzle until the necessary adaptation occurs intellectually and institutionally.

This form of conflict challenges cherished but false American conceptions about warfighting, and will continue to thwart the West’s core interests and world order over the next generation.

Because of their perceived success, call them what you may, but 4GW challengers will not be a passing fad nor will they remain low tech killers. Our opponents eagerly learn and adapt rapidly to more efficient modes of killing. We can no longer overlook our own vulnerabilities as societies or underestimate the imaginations of our antagonists. In a world of 4 GW or Hybrid Wars, the price for complacency and inept strategy only grows steeper..."