Deception in Soviet & Russian Military Thinking
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Lecturer: Dr. Gustafson is the deputy Director of BCISS and is the Director of Studies for our very successful MA in Intelligence and Security Studies. Having served ten years as an officer in the Canadian army, he left the service in 2001 to begin his second profession as a scholar of intelligence. After an MA at the University of Alberta, Canada, he moved to the UK to take his PhD at Downing College, Cambridge. Before coming to Brunel, Dr. Gustafson was senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 0184711630
In the last decade Russia has re-emerged as the principle Peer Adversary in the mind of Western (and especially European) states. Operations against Georgia, Ukraine, in Syria and perceived threats against the Baltic 3 have caused great consternation and alarm in the West, specifically on what we have decided to call “hybrid warfare.” Central in this approach is the use of deception—a key principle of war and an integral part of the Russian military & defence mindset. The seminar will explore Russian military thinking, and demonstrate that Russian use of deception, and indeed hybrid warfare, is neither new, nor impossible to counter, but is better than the West’s current capabilities in the same field.