Course Aim. The mission and overarching goal of the Countering Hybrid Threats course is to:
- Educate attendees on the nature and components of hybrid threats, defeat/deterrence options, and to foster a community of defence professionals prepared to deal with hybrid threat challenges;
- Ensure leaders are equipped to support CA strategy development for a hybrid environment;
- Continue building a network of strategic-minded alumni able to leverage their knowledge, skills, and networks in support of cooperative security and the Alliance. A network of networks.
The Countering Hybrid Threats Course will encompass three general topic areas:
- Understanding hybrid warfare/threats;
- Operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach;
- Developing a deterrence/counter-hybrid threat strategy.
The course is UNCLASSIFIED to enable participation of Alliance, Partner, and other nations.
Primary Target Audience.
- Rank: Officers (OF-2 to OF-4), NCOs (OR-6 to OR-9), and selected civilian personnel
- Pre-requisites and Experience:
- Operational SOF personnel experienced above the tactical level (e.g. CfC graduates)
- Experience in government (ministerial, intelligence, law enforcement/security, STRATCOM / IO, etc.)
- NATO personnel
- Select personnel from academia, think tanks, etc.
- Course Size:
- 12 (minimum) / 16 (maximum)
- 2 syndicates
Strategy and Methods.
Strategy: The course design will use a strategy development model as a learning platform with a mixture of independent, syndicate, and plenary activities so students comprehend the nature of hybrid threat(s) and apply solutions to countering and/or deterring hybrid approach challenges to contemporary security environments.
- Reading, self-study, and reflection
- Guided syndicate discussions
- Guest speakers
- Scenario-Based Activities
- Pracical Exercises (PE) - strategy development
- Top Five Readings:
- Hoffman, “Hybrid Warfare and Challenges,” JFQ, 2009.
- Gerasimov, Valerii, The Value of Science in Anticipation.” Military-Industrial Courier, February 2013.
- Berzins, Janis. Russia’s New Generation Warfare in Ukraine.
- Maigre, Merle. Nothing New in Hybrid Warfare. The German Marshall Fund, 2015.
- Wood, Graeme, “What ISIS Really Wants” The Atlantic Monthly, February 2015
- Top Five Web pages:
Requirements. Students should have a SLP 3333 in English language skill and should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups.
Security Clearance. tbc
Duration. 8 training days.
Costs. There is no course fee. However, costs for travel, accommodation and meals are at your own expense.
US MASL Number. D272048