Hybrid Threat Essay

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The Hybrid Threat and its Characteristics A hybrid threat is, according to TC 7-100, ?the diverse and dynamic combination of regular forces, irregular forces, and/or criminal elements all unified to achieve mutually benefitting effects.?[footnoteRef:1] This essay will address three of the four major characteristics of a hybrid threat. A hybrid threat comes in different forms, but they almost always employ some combination of regular forces, irregular forces, and criminal elements simultaneously, employ an ever-changing variety of equipment and tactics, and acquire or refine their ability to adapt[footnoteRef:2]. [1: Department of the Army, Hybrid Threat (Washington: United States Army Publishing Directorate, 2010), 1-1.] [2: Ibid., 1-1?1-3.]…show more content…
in Lebanon engaged in armed conflict with the country of Israel. While Lebanon was not directly a belligerent,[footnoteRef:4] the government of Lebanon provided Hezbollah the ability to conduct its conflict with Israel through its inaction and threats of retaliation against Israeli military forces for what it believed to be an intrusion. Additionally, Hezbollah was being supported by governments of other countries, such as Iran and Syria. This would be an example of a hybrid threat because it involved non-regular forces (Hezbollah) and regular forces (Lebanon, Iran, and Syria).[footnoteRef:5] [4: Jonathan D. Zagdanski, ?Round 2 in Lebanon: How the IDF Focused Exclusively on COIN and Lost the Ability to Fight Maneuver War,? Infantry 96, no. 5 (2007): 32.] [5: Robert Wilkie, ?Hybrid Warfare: Something Old, Not Something New,? Air & Space Power Journal 23, no. 4 (2009):…show more content…
This ability to adapt to current conditions, both politically and militarily, is absolutely necessary for any force to be able to claim victory. Again, we turn to the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah as a good case study. As suggested by Cordesman, Hezbollah benefits from the quality of Iranian training and doctrine for its ability to adapt. He points out that ?Hezbollah is probably better trained and more ready than most guerrilla forces,?[footnoteRef:9] which could be directly resultant from its multiple battles with Israel. Hezbollah continues to grow stronger with every conflict,[footnoteRef:10] refining its ability to adapt. [9: Anthony H. Cordesman, Preliminary ?Lessons? of the Israeli-Hezbollah War (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2006), 29.] [10: Hala Jaber, Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997),
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