Conventional and Hybrid Warfare

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 14:30 - 16:00
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge of the  international political relations and armed conflicts (interstate as well as intrastate ). Basic knowledge of military terms and definitions is recommended, but is not a formal requirement. 

Course Description: 

1. Introduction.

2. Modern (Clausewitz and post – Clausewitz) conventional warfare – general introduction and current trends.

3. Revolution in military affairs and its consequences for security policy and armed forces. Technological  and social trends in contemporary military forces including role of airpower, seapower and special operation forces. Strategic culture and military organizational culture

4 Phenomena of “Hybrid warfare”. Emergence, role of military and non military factors. Case studies of known cases (Crimea, Eastern Ukraine) and possible conflicts (Baltic states, Scandinavia, Poland)

5  Evaluation and summary of the course.

Aims of the course: 

W1. Student knows the current role of military forces in European security policy

W2. Student knows characteristic elements of contemporary conventional warfare and their impact on security policy and military – civilian relations

W3. Student knows evolution of armed conflicts from conventional to  “hybrid warfare”

W4. Student  knows  role of special operations  in “hybrid warfare” 

U1. Student is able to compare conventional  and hybrid warfare  and explain consequences to national and regional security.

U2. Student is able to identify major political and social challenges ( on state and international level )  related to  hybrid warfare in contemporary security enviroment

U3. Student is able to asses challenges to political decision making., human rights, civil liberties, and social – military relations in democratic countries, related to evolution of  new ways of warfare. 

K1. Student is able to asses political positions, opinions and media content related to conventional and  “hybrid” warfare  in independent, scientific and  realistic manner

K2. Student understands role of democratic values and civil oversight of military, law enforcement and intelligence services in areas related to conventional and hybrid warfare

Teaching methods: 

Seminar, text analysys, case studies, discussion, work in group (decision games).

Evaluation & Completion: 

Writing an essay.

Active participation in discussion and group work.

Basic Literature: 

Carl von Clausewitz On War

James N. Mattis,  Frank Hoffman Future Warfare: The Rise of Hybrid Wars US Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine Issue: November 2005 Vol. 132/11/1,233

J Chambers Countering Gray-Zone Hybrid Threats West Point 2016

Asymmetric Operations Working Group Ambiguous Threats and External Influences in the Baltic States

Defence Intelligence Agency Russia Military Power

US Army Field Manula FM 3-0 Operations  October 2017

(also :  )

US Army  Asymmetric Warfare Group Russian New generation Warfare Handbook 

Additional Literature: 

Office of Naval Intelligence The Russian Navy - A Historic Transition

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US Army SOC Counter-unconvential Warfare. White Paper 2014