Russia’s Hybrid War and its implications for Defence and Security in the United Kingdom
CITATION: Bachmann, S. D. & Paphiti, A. 2017. Russia’s Hybrid War and its implications for Defence and Security in the United Kingdom. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 44(2):28-67, doi:10.5787/44-2-1175.
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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.