What is the Grey Zone?
According to the US State Department, the Grey Zone “[occupies] a space between normal diplomacy and commercial competition and open military conflict…Grey Zone attacks go beyond the forms of political and social action and military operations with which liberal democracies are familiar, to make deliberate use of instruments of violence, terrorism, and dissembling.”
Security experts believe the world is returning to the era of “Great Power Competition”. As the Cold War shows us, great powers complete less with planes, ships, and tanks and much more with proxies, mercenaries, drones, bytes, and social media bots — in other words, the dark arts of the Grey Zone.
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Military officer and blogger with a focus on counterinsurgency, terrorism, drones, cyber, and information warfare.