The Hybrid Threat ConceptThe hybrid threat concept represents the evolution of operational art and a potential paradigm shift as a doctrinal and organizational Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). As interest-based rational actors, hybrid threats seek to master unrestricted operational art in order to reconcile overmatch and protect or advance their interests. Baptized in its modern form after the 1991 Gulf War, the hybrid threat construct is a sophisticated amalgam of unrestricted threat activities that have resisted codification and generated a labyrinth of contradictory explanation. The hybrid concept bypasses the cognitive boundaries of traditional threat characterization and the application of organized collective violence. United States military planners who choose to ignore emerging hybrid threats or meet them with intellectual contempt are accepting risk, as they aim to set conditions to prevent the U.S. tendency to dominate the battlefield.
This study demonstrates the tendency for hybrid threat actors to increase in frequency and diversity of ways and means in the pursuit of their interests. The hybrid threat construct offers a framework to describe the evolving character of contemporary threat actors, challenge conventional threat assessment methodologies and understand the anomalies in the contemporary operating environment. As such, the hybrid construct presents numerous implications for visualizing the future operational environment and for how the U.S. military will formulate strategy, policy and resource investment priorities in the near future.
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