Critical Solutions International was pleased to speak at the 2nd Eastern Europe Defence Week in Warsaw, Poland; sharing unique subject matter expertise on the application of non-standard threats in contemporary hybrid conflict with attendees representing Eastern European governments and defense industry.
Anticipating evolution of unconventional threats in a hybrid conflict
Modern adversaries’ application of asymmetrical tactics
Anti-Access Area Denial In a Hybrid Conflict:
- Hybrid conflict constitutes all levers of power available to control both physical and abstract “territories”.
- Targeted areas of control impact (and are impacted by) combatant and non-combatant entities.
- Contemporary near-peer powers will use both conventional and nonconventional resources to disrupt and assert control.
- Near-peer adversaries have witnessed over the past 15 years of conflict how effectively the IED can disrupt coalition operations without risking conventional force projection against advanced western militaries.
Relevance of Clearance Capability Throughout Progression of Battle
- Conventional force on force combat evolves from, and devolves into, non-standard disruptive combat.
- Recent examples of force projection by major powers have been preempted with unconventional disruption (typically by proxy forces).
- Disruption undermines conventional capabilities through the application of unconventional threats like IEDs.
- Even in conventional conflict, advanced militaries should anticipate the value of assets like C-IED and route clearance teams.
Establishing an Adaptive Response to a Dynamic Threat
- Militaries must anticipate the rapid evolution of non-conventional threats in future conflict.
- Capability should be built to evolve and anticipate, as opposed to responding only to immediate threats.
- Building adaptive capability requires a complete understanding of mission context.
- Forward compatibility allows users to keep up with rapid threat evolution.