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IDT PM Scott Jasper Speaks on ISIS as Adaptive Hybrid Threat

Posted: Oct 5, 2016
E. Shipitalo

Scott Jasper, the International Defense Transformation (IDT) Program Manager, spoke about Countering ISIS: An Adaptive Hybrid Threat at an International Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in late September. His talk covered how the characteristics of ISIS have shifted over time in regional, transition, and adaptive operations. Insights from the conference will be applied in design and delivery of presentations on Hybrid Threats in the CCMR Executive Courses in residence and other IDT sponsored mobile courses. A paper on the topic written with Scott Moreland will be included in the conference proceedings.

The International Conference on “Interagency and International Cooperation in Countering Hybrid Threats” was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 28-29 September 2016. The Conference was attended by over 80 participants from 20 international and national institutions. Keynote speeches were provided by the Deputy Minister of Defense and the Deputy Chief of Defense for Bulgaria. Scott spoke in the First Panel on “Emerging challenges of hybrid warfare and related threats and risks to the collective and national security.” His presentation helped to define early in the conference the definition and characteristics of a formidable hybrid threat in actual operations. Scott’s delineation of changing tactics by ISIS in phases of an extended campaign raised many pertinent questions regarding how to prepare, deter and defend against the threat.