2018 Global Security Forum, Prospects and Priorities for U.S. Gray Zone Competition
– The gray zone is said to be that space between war and peace. Is this war? Yes,! No! Kinda!
– Both the neo-authoritarian and the free societies/democracies are trying to make the world safer – our system is inherently threatening to neo-authoritarian regimes – both are incompatible and the neo-authoritarians are insecure
– Too many resources are allocated to hard power and not enough in other elements of national power – I hope that we don’t need to mobilize society like during the Cold War but then, we were shaping every day – we need to shine the light on the challenge to address and not overreact to it
– Much of this falls into the seams (domestic and foreign) – typical government responses (IPCs) haven’t been established – any work by government is being done in silos now – nobody has the mission to lead this whole-of-nation or whole-of-society approach that is required – every department has and should have key roles so the White House needs to lead
– Transparency plays to our strengths and their weaknesses – train to fight in the light (take advantage of our incredible head-start and turn on the lights around the world – neo-authoritarian regimes count on keeping secrets from their people and our strength is that our government does not
– I realized we were prevailing in a way over China in Burma was when the Chinese Ambassador said publicly that they need to do CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
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