How to defeat "little green men"

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    THE LONG HISTORY OF “GREEN MEN” TACTICS — AND HOW THEY WERE DEFEATED

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    DAN ALTMAN
    MARCH 17, 2016

    The anxiety about hybrid warfare as a novel and innovative form of aggression is misplaced, but a threat need not be new to be dangerous. For those in the Baltic and elsewhere worried that Russia will again employ the tactics used in Crimea, however, it is perhaps encouraging that Russia’s success at seizing territory with deniable forces is atypical. Russia succeeded in Crimea with the same tactics that failed Pakistan in Kargil, Peru in Leticia, and Finland in Karelia, for an overall record of one success to three failures since 1918.

    In each instance, the defender countered hybrid tactics in the same way. They accepted the fictitious terms of the conflict and mobilized enough strength to defeat the deniable forces on the battlefield. They sought to engage the deniable forces without also attacking any uniformed forces of the aggressor or striking targets in the aggressor’s territory, keeping the fighting contained. On the battlefield (although not in their rhetoric), both sides maintained the fiction that the conflict was something less than an open attack by the aggressor. India was extremely careful in this regard as it retook Kargil, even avoiding airstrikes that would require planes to overfly Pakistan’s side of the Line of Control.

    The rest of the article is here, it offers a good history on "green men":
    http://warontherocks.com/2016/03/the-long-history-of-green-men-tactics-and-how-they-were-defeated/

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    I think Russia's takeover of Crimea is not a true little green men tactic. They came in with Russian uniforms and equipment and had no intention of hiding who they were. A Russian ship dropped them off in Crimea, the whole event was highly publicized, they were not trying to hide anything. This is the reason why Ukraine did not attack these forces. An attack on these forces would have been a direct attack on Russia, and Russia would see it as so.
     
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    I agree with the author on how to deal with little green men, he backed up his viewpoint with historical facts but I think Crimea is a different story. Ukraine is dwarfed by Russia militarily so if Ukraine were to have reacted to Russia's green men then a full blown war with Moscow may have erupted and eastern Ukraine might have been annexed by Russia aswell. I think Ukraine has handled the situation relatively well, they can still evict the Russia separatists from Eastern Ukraine, and can maybe use NATO as a leverage to get Russia out of Crimea. The important thing is that Ukraine didn't directly engage Russia.
     
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