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Unity of Purpose in Hybrid Conflict: Managing the Civilian/Military Disconnect and 'Operationalizing' The Comprehensive Approach

23 March 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Lieutenant General Sir Richard Shirreff, Commander of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC)
Chair: Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will discuss how what we see in armed conflict today, and will continue to see in the future, is a kaleidoscope in which conventional and irregular warfighting, together with terrorism, insurgency and criminal activity, are all part of a dynamic and hybrid combination. General Shirreff will argue that to succeed in hybrid conflict, NATO must retain the ability to fight, but must also recognize that the nature of such operations is both multi-agency and multinational. Twenty-first-century warfare demands fluid command and control capabilities to manage the disconnect between civilians and military in order to 'operationalize' the Comprehensive Approach.