How does NATO counter hybrid threats?


In the old days it wasn’t so very
difficult. You’d see a line of soldiers coming across a borderline and you’d know
something was up, conflict was underway or there’d be a massive explosion, an attack.
What NATO is grappling with today is so much of it is in the hybrid realm
where we don’t know where the borderline is between peace and war, between
conflict and war. Hybrid threats are really anything our adversaries
can use against us that will damage our national security This can be overt, so it’s out
in the open, or it’s covert, so it’s hidden. And it can be a mix of military and
non-military means: disinformation, sabotage, cyberattacks but includes
the use of troops tanks etc The scenario was very close to our perception
about the threats in our region. We have to train our soldiers,
military leadership to think wider, to be very creative to test our comprehensive
defense system looking for support from society, civil society. Disinformation tends to exploit
an existing vulnerability. Grievances in different groups,
fractures in society. And it tends to be trying to make people who
are angry about something more angry, and so angry that they want to go
and do something about it. Resilience is all about understanding,
as a nation, what is important to you and,
what you want to protect. Nations can’t address the security
problems of today on their own. Being able to respond quickly to hybrid threats is really all about working together and sharing information, through NATO and through the EU.

6 thoughts on “How does NATO counter hybrid threats?

  1. It seemed that NATO had problems to find answers to the Russian hybrid warfare tactics used in the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
    I hope NATO has not only worked on a serious strategy to couter the means of hybrid warfare China and Russia are using against the west for decades but also developed and implemented their own capabilities in these fields.
    In the coming years China's debt trap policy will give them wide access to strategic infrastructure and resources all over the world. In the past they've already used Greece to influence the EU and the latest apoach to increase their influence in Italy is very concerning. China's strategy to buy politicians was also successful on multiple occasions.
    Creating knock-offs is also part of the chinese economic warfare strategy. One example is the company making Segways. The Chinese knock-offs made so much money, that they bought the original and all lawsuits were gone.
    Buying some TV-Stations and newspapers in the west to ensure China friendly reporting is one example of China's information warfare strategy. They are using free speach and free press against us. When you see Chinese TV running 24/7 on the biggest screen on Times Sqare in New york, you know it's bad.

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