Covert Psychological Operations

Hybrid War

Secret Intelligence Service

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PREAMBLE

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Is there a dilemma when more than one, contradictory, ethical principle is held as true at the same time?  Is a dilemma accepted as being the case?  If not (there is no dilemma) then for who, for what reason and as a consequence; what strategies are brought into play?

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Covert Psychological Operations. Hybrid War

Room No. 15

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PURPOSE – UNIT

Hybrid war is extremely powerful, likewise, is extremely dangerous.

The connectivity which resides at the heart of the new globalisation is used by both aggressive and ‘friendly states with hostile intent’, to further their aims in subsequently deniable ways.

This is achieved by means as varied as; psychological operations, cyber-attacks, media, entertainment, religious constructs posing as truth, which together constitute the subversion of political processes in place.

It has to be borne in mind that the internet poses an amalgam of both existential threat and opportunity. However, the internet is a vehicle constiting a mere part of the conscious whole.

The aim herein therefore, is firstly, to understand covert hybrid war, in so doing to secure an advantage and thereby assisting the United Kingdom in building resistance against it, and secondly; to enhance covert hybrid war and to use it widely.

The risks at stake are indeed extreme, and constitute a fundamental threat to sovereignty and self.

Adversitate. Custodi. Per Verum

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(C-IV) Welcome back, first let me reiterate something.

Covert (unconventional) War is characterized as being Fourth-Generation War; one can describe as being more fluid, more decentralized, and asymmetrical than the warfare of the past.

Covert War is defined as being any type of nonconventional (non-official military) force engaged in largely asymmetrical combat against a traditional adversary. Taken together in a two-stage / two pronged approach; Colour Revolutions and Covert (unconventional) War representing the two components which constitute Hybrid War, this, the new method of indirect warfare.

The closer destabilization operations are caused to move toward their target system’s core, the lower is the probability of direct warfare and the higher the chances that indirect means (Colour Revolutions and Covert War) will be appropriate.

Colour Revolutions and Covert War prsent us with a new concept of state (system / collective) destabilization, for strategic deployment all across the world.

Shock and awe campaigns of the past are arguably (though some do disagree) almost impossible to repeat owing to the changed international circumstances and enormous collateral (physical, financial, political) costs which they would entail. What can happen, however, are campaigns of indirect geopolitical sabotage under the guise of pro-democracy movements or externally supported civil conflicts. In fact, combining both of these and additional subtleties forms the perfect attack for dealing with large, complex and sophisticated collectives.

This approach succeeds by triggering chaos and creating forces which threaten to tear a targeted collective apart. It does not have to overthrow a government in order to be a success – all that has to happen is that a collective (sub system) becomes divided from the whole and large-scale uncertainty, the portent of social chaos, ensues – a geopolitical deadlock, which in turn presents an enormous challenge for the larger system to undertake initiatives beyond that of the directly destabilized part. They are deadlocked into dealing with it, whether they want to or not, and this places them on the strategic defensive.

It is the case that there will be increased emphasis on information warfare and Psychological Operations, perfectly meshing with the modus operandi of Colour Revolutions.

Psychological Operations are the dominant operational and strategic weapon in the form of but not confined to; media/information intervention. A major target will be the enemy population’s support of its government. News is a more powerful operational weapon than armoured infantry and divisions (and of course, WMD). The distinction between civilian and military is quickly fading, civilians being co-opted into fulfilling de-facto military roles.

Hybrid War is thus; the epitome of Fourth-Generation War.

One can consider podiums upon which an opposing force does perform and these are; leadership; system essentials; infrastructure; population; fighting mechanisms.

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Contemporary foreign policy of one country towards another (or others) is the result of an accumulation of geo-political theory.

Often located at a great distance and likely in opposite hemispheres, it is expected that the geo-political scene is a visible figure in policy formation of each country towards the other (or others).

The countries in question can be strong powers, thus sufficiently able to project influence and force beyond their borders, and obviously the U.K. is a prime example.

In fact, consider how we are developing a ‘very particular approach’ toward dealing with other countries, and it is this strategy that lives at the core of Hybrid War.

In order to facilitate this, an outline of the requisite geo-political supports leading to it ideally should be examined, though not necessaily spelled out in detail here. But suffice it to say; that without an understanding of the theoretical principles which have led to current policy, it is not really possible to adequately comprehend the significance of Hybrid War and its fundamental position in U.K. (or any other powerful nations’) strategic planning.

 

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Covert Psychological Operations

Hybrid War

Secret Intelligence Service

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Adversitate. Custodi. Per Verum

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