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Hybrid Warfare Task Force

JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy performs innovative research and advocacy on vital U.S. defense, strategic and general national security issues.

The Hybrid Warfare Task Force was established by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s (JINSA) Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy to articulate how actions taken by U.S., Israeli and other allied militaries in actual combat situations comply with, and at times exceed, the requirements of the law of armed conflict (LOAC), and to explain how hybrid adversaries like Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic State intentionally exploit that same body of law to stymie U.S. and allied forces in battle and discredit their self-defense operations in the forum of public opinion.

The task force is led by five senior American military officers and legal experts: Gen. Gilmary “Mike” Hostage, USAF (ret.); Lt. Gen. Richard Natonski, USMC (ret.); Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, USA (ret.); Col. Marc Warren, USA (ret.) and Lt. Col. Geoffrey Corn, USA (ret.).

Reports

Israel's Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges

Click to read full report.Click to read full report.Israel's Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges examines in-depth the increasingly prevalent face of hybrid warfare, where law-abiding militaries like the IDF confront non-state actors like Hezbollah that blend unrestricted warfare tactics and sophisticated information operations with the advanced weaponry of modern conventional forces.

When the next Israel-Hezbollah conflict erupts, it will bear little resemblance to anything that has come before between Israel and its adversaries. Changes in the strategic environment in the twelve years since the last Israeli-Hezbollah conflict will translate into unparalleled death and destruction, as today Hezbollah possesses more firepower than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries and more rockets and missiles than all European NATO members combined.

Despite the quantum leap in Hezbollah’s military capabilities since it last went to war with Israel, it is under no illusion about its ability to inflict a strategic military defeat on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Instead, Hezbollah’s objective will be the political defeat of Israel. By illegally exposing Lebanese civilians to harm, manipulating the narrative and exploiting misperceptions about the law of armed conflict (LOAC), Hezbollah will seek to portray Israel as an arbitrary, immoral and illegal murderer of civilians. By weaponizing information and the law, Hezbollah will hope to survive to fight another day while delegitimizing Israel in the eyes of the world before the IDF can achieve decisive victory.

Against the backdrop of this looming conflict, our Hybrid Warfare Task Force produced this report examining the operational and legal challenges confronting Israel in its next, unprecedently destructive, armed conflict with Hezbollah and potentially other adversaries including Iran. This report articulates how actions taken by U.S., Israeli and other allied militaries in actual combat situations comply with, and at times exceed, the requirements of the LOAC. This report also explains how Hezbollah will intentionally exploit that same body of law to stymie the IDF in battle and discredit its self-defense operations in the hopes to securing a strategic victory in the forum of public opinion.

Contact

For more information about the Hybrid Warfare Task Force's mission and its published work, please email us at hw-tf@jinsa.org.

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