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Author Osburg, Jan, author

Title Unconventional Options for the Defense of the Baltic States : the Swiss Approach / Jan Osburg
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (11 pages) : color illustrations, color map, black and white chart, color photographs
Series Perspectives ; PE-179-RC
Perspective (Rand Corporation) ; PE-179-RC
Contents Elements of a Comprehensive Resistance Approach: Preparing for Infrastructure Denial -- Preparing for Unconventional Military Operations -- Preparing for Civilian Resistance Activities -- Comparing the Swiss and Baltic Contexts -- Toward an Unconventional Strategy for Baltic Defense -- Notes -- References
Summary "Russia's annexation of Crimea and continued support of Russian separatists in Ukraine have generated concerns about the security of NATO members Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. These countries border Russian territory and have sizable ethnic Russian populations. In case of attack on any of the Baltic states, NATO would be compelled to act or admit strategic defeat. Therefore, it is imperative to deter such aggression--and to counter it if deterrence should fail. This RAND perspective examines how key concepts and elements of the decentralized resistance approach that was part of Swiss military strategy during the Cold War could also benefit the defense of the Baltic states. This includes training and equipping independent local defense units, preparing transportation infrastructure for demolition to prevent an invasion, and instructing military forces and the public in how to effectively participate in resistance activities, alongside a coordinated information operations campaign. The perspective also discusses similarities and differences between the Swiss and Baltic contexts and proposes steps toward an unconventional strategy for Baltic defense"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 11)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed February 11, 2016)
Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Russia
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Asymmetric warfare -- Baltic States
Civil defense -- Baltic States
Information warfare -- Baltic States
Internal security -- Baltic States
Psychological warfare -- Baltic States
Asymmetric warfare.
Civil defense.
Information warfare.
Internal security.
Psychological warfare.
Strategic aspects of individual places.
Baltic States -- Strategic aspects
Baltic States.
Russia (Federation)
Form Electronic book
Author Rand Corporation, issuing body, publisher
Other Titles Swiss Approach