Russia's Hybrid War and Its Implications for Defence and Security in the United Kingdom

Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 28–67, 2016

40 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2017

See all articles by Sascha Dov Bachmann

Sascha Dov Bachmann

Bournemouth University - The Media School; Swedish Defence University (FHS); Bournemouth University

Anthony Paphiti

Aspals Consultancy

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

This article uses the example of Russia’s aggressive action against Ukraine as an example of a new form of contemporary war fighting, namely hybrid war, and discusses how Russia has been successful in exploiting vulnerabilities of its opponents. The article reports on the United Kingdom as a case study to discuss potential threats and how these can be countered. While using the United Kingdom as an example, the ramifications of such a hybrid approach also apply to South Africa as a state which is vulnerable in respect to economic warfare, cyberattacks and its energy sector. The suggested counteractions could also be seen as lessons learned for a future South African scenario. It is a further development of a short submission to the Defence Select Committee of the UK House of Commons.

Keywords: Lawfare, War, Conflict, Hybrid War, International Relations

Suggested Citation

Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir and Paphiti, Anthony, Russia's Hybrid War and Its Implications for Defence and Security in the United Kingdom (December 1, 2016). Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 28–67, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2916210

Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University - The Media School ( email )

Bournemouth, BH12 5BB
United Kingdom

Swedish Defence University (FHS) ( email )

114 28, Drottning Kristinas väg 37
Stockholm, 114 28
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://https://bournemouth.academia.edu/SaschaDominikBachmann

Bournemouth University ( email )

Bournemouth, BH1
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/sbachmann

Anthony Paphiti

Aspals Consultancy ( email )

37 Carnegie Crescent
Leicester, LE13 1RP
United Kingdom

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