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hybrid warfare (uncountable)

  1. (neologism) Warfare that blends conventional warfare and irregular warfare (potentially including cyberwarfare and information warfare) — the full spectrum of conflict.
    • 2008, Stephen Biddle, Jeffrey A. Friedman, The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy, Strategic Studies Institute, page 28:
      Some, however, have recently added a single intermediate category of “hybrid warfare”: [] . The notion of “hybrid” war makes a valuable contribution in breaking down unhelpful dichotomies between “conventional” and “guerrilla,” and is a clear and important step in the right direction.
    • 2009, Patrick M. Cronin, Global Strategic Assessment 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World, NDU Press, page 2:
      the changing character of conflict from conventional to irregular and hybrid warfare.
    • 2013, Jacquelyn K. Davis, ‎Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Anticipating a Nuclear Iran: Challenges for U.S. Security →ISBN, page 200:
      Entities using IW [irregular warfare] flout Geneva Convention rules and use nontraditional tools, including weapons of mass destruction, improvised explosive devices, and cyberwar operations. Hybrid warfare is waged using a combination of regular and irregular warfare tools, concepts, and doctrines.


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