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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hybrid warfare and a new role for Australia’s Special Forces? | Defense Connect

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The rise of asymmetric threats backed by state and non-state actors is challenging conventional force structures. Australia’s Special Forces are internationally recognised as some of the world’s best non-conventional fighting forces – does the rise of hybrid warfare asymmetric threats mean Australia’s special operators will take on a different role?

The occupation of the Crimea in 2014 sparked international condemnation as the world responded to renewed Russian aggression, however, it wasn’t the might of the Russian Army that led the invasion and occupation, rather it was a combination of special forces, local insurgents acting as a fifth column and a collection of international mercenaries, giving rise to a dangerous new form of proxy conflict and power projection.

Source: Hybrid warfare and a new role for Australia’s Special Forces? | Defense Connect

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