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Hybrid and Cyber War as Consequences of the Asymmetry

A Comprehensive Approach Answering Hybrid Actors and Activities in Cyberspace- Political, Social and Military Responses

Josef Schröfl, Bahram M. Rajaee and Dieter Muhr

Current and future adversaries will likely simultaneously employ a combination of different types of warfare. Non-state actors may mostly employ irregular forms of warfare, but will also clearly support, encourage, and participate in conventional conflicts if it serves their ends to do so. Similarly, nation-states may well engage in irregular conflicts in addition to conventional types of warfare to achieve their goals. The emerging theaters of hybrid and cyber-warfare reflect this changing nature of contemporary warfare. They transcend national boundaries, social and economic classes, and political ideologies. In these types of warfare there are no longer any clearly defined enemies, just as there are no longer any clearly defined allies. As a conceptual response to this kind of warfare, the «comprehensive approach» offers the best path forward, but must still be fully refined and analyzed before being applied effectively. This can only be accomplished through a coordinated and coherent strategy, along with regular consultations and interaction among all the actors involved. These factors will not only have enduring consequences for the future structure and training of most armed forces in the world, but they will also affect the politics of international security and defense policy while posing a challenge for theories of politics and international relations. This volume brings together leading international experts from different schools of thought to provide an overview of this topic.
Contents: David Leakey: Foreword – Alexander Siedschlag: Security Policy as an Analytical Approach – Harald Poecher: New types of war - challenges and implication for the global Armament Industry – Erik Bjurstroem: Hybridization as a Key Challenge to Established Categories, Perceptions and Rules of Engagement in Modern Warfare – Dieter Muhr/Andrea Riemer: Take off your Sunglasses: Hybridity and Cyber Warfare - Driving moments for Asymmetric Warfare – Fred Korkisch: Arioser an Hybrid War - Airpower’s Role in Hybrid War needs Clarification: The U.S. View – Kenneth Geers: Demystifying Cyber Warfare – Kurt Einzinger: Cyber Warfare 2.0 - The Undertow of the Internet – Walter Unger: Cyber War and the Protection of Strategic Infrastructure – Heiko Borchert/Felix Juhl: Securing Cyberspace: Building Blocks for a Public- Private Cooperation Agenda – Edwin Micewski: Cyber Warfare and Strategic Cultures - Information Technology and the Human Factor – Neno Malisevic: Options for Tackling Current and Future Cyber Threats – Guenther Barnet: Searching for a Comprehensive Approach - Responses to the Complex Security Challenges of the 21st Century – Adam D. Svendsen: Intelligence Liaison: An essential navigation tool – Thomas Pankratz/Hanns Matiasek: Developing a comprehensive understanding of Transnational Organized Crime by applying a constructivist approach – Helmut Habermayer: Hybrid Threats and a Possible Counter-Strategy – Sammi Sandawi: Back into the Fog: Hybrid Threats and the Future of Conflict – Josef Schroefl/Bahram Rajaeed/Dieter Muhr: Summary and Outlook.