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Modern Deterrence: Preparing for the Age of Grey-Zone Warfare


Main Image Credit An aerial view of the Port of Felixstowe, the UK’s largest and busiest container port. Enhancing the security of critical national infrustructure like ports and power stations is an important element of modern deterrence. Courtesy of John Fielding/Wikimed


Modern deterrence is concerned with how countries employ their resilience potential to deter today’s hybrid threats, especially through the involvement of the private sector and civil society. New approaches will likely build on the practices already developed by countries exhibiting a strategy of ‘total defence’.

‘A standing Army provides depth; as well as conducting complex war fighting, it is the same highly trained soldier who welcomes you to the Olympics, deals with floods and trains partner forces abroad’, explains the British Army on its website, pointing out that the Army is ‘always ready and steadfast in its commitment to the defence of the United Kingdom and its citizens’. Those are laudable goals, and the British armed forces – like their colleagues across Europe and many

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Elisabeth Braw

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