THERE IS NO SPOON: RETHINKING WAR IN THE GRAY ZONE

Would a cyberattack that takes down the Texas power grid in the peak of summer be an act of war? “There is no spoon.” The 1999 film, The Matrix, held a critical lesson for its protagonist, Neo. One cannot change physical reality; one can change only oneself. The message came from a young boy who […]

HYBRID WAR: ATTACKING THE ‘CIVIL’ IN CIVIL SOCIETY

Western military leaders have been operating “in the blind” because they never thought their liberal democratic societies with their firm legal basEs could be turned against themselves. While Western leaders were worried about hybrid warfare on their flanks, they have been blindsided at home. Civil society is under assault. The military characterizes hybrid warfare as a […]

GAME ON: GETTING AMERICAN POWER BACK IN THE FIELD

With William “Trey” Braun, Albert Lord, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hatfield, Lieutenant Colonel James Hayes, and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ulmer. A real erosion and profound vulnerability of U.S. position and influence are inescapable conclusions of three successive U.S. Army War College studies. Hypercompetition and Reluctant American Great Power In July 2017, the United States Army War College […]