What You Need To Know:
✓ Hybrid warfare is just a new label created to describe an old system;
✓ There is no plan to establish a European army, just a vision;
✓ Germany will only have a political role in the Ukraine conflict;
✓ NATO cannot accept all countries who want to become part of the alliance;
Hybrid warfare is just a new terms to describe using all available means to achieve a political objective says Rainer Schuwirth, the former Chief of Staff of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). "Technology has changed, and will always adapt to the needs of militaries."
He believes that one fact of war which cannot ever change is that "you can't seize territory without boots on the ground, you cannot do it with the internet or with drones."
As far as the idea of a European army, Schuwirth says its merely a pipedream at this point. "It would take a long time to establish a European army, it is only a vision at this point. Nations are not willing to give up total sovereignty over their armed forces."
Regarding the possibility of ascending to NATO, he points out that the first step the most recent countries to ascent to NATO took was to
"assume responsibility and be creative." In his view, and from his talks with the Ukrainian army, he says there's good reason to be optimistic about the future of the army.
Mr. Schuwirth goes onto say that NATO cannot just accept any country that wants to be part of NATO. The countries must have reached a certain level of development, no internal conflicts, no conflicts with neighbours. The principles of NATO are still valued.
Natalia Gumenyuk and Maxim Eristavi of Hromadske International spoke to Rainer Schuwirth, the former Chief of Staff of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) during an international YES conference in Kyiv on September 11th, 2015.