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Pershin Yurii Yur'evich

Doctor of Philosophy

Senior Scientific Associate, St. Petersburg Military College of Physical Fitness and Sports

194044, Russia, Leningradskaya oblast', g. Saint Petersburg, Bol'shoi Sampsonievskii prospekt, 63
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The notion of “hybrid war / threat” is used quite frequently nowadays, but different authors use it in different senses and meanings. We consider this concept as unstable and not amenable to detailed classification, but it is theoretically attractive because it can contain a large number of meanings. In the context of a significant degree of regulation of the military science in the USA, such an abstract concept is some kind of a “lifeline” for authors wishing to avoid detailed classification. We should say that the concept of “hybrid war / threat” is yet another “intellectual virus” (term of Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces), elaborated on the basis of the military experience of the Second Lebanon war (Israel – Hezbollah war of 2006). This statement can also be confirmed by the curious use of this concept by some authors, who are far from a military theoretical thought. We think it is necessary to draw our attention to the authors who don't not use the misleading terms like the notorious “hybrid war”. We also think that all possible combinations of all modern methods of warfare and confrontation could be described without such a new-fashioned and vague term.

Keywords: disruptive challenges, catastrophic challenges, non-conventional chellenges, conventional challenges, compound war, hybrid adversary, hybrid threat, hybrid war, full-spectrum operations, insurgency
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