Oct. 24, 2022
Great Power Use of Lawfare: Is the Joint Force Prepared?
When military professionals and scholars discuss the ways the character of war has changed, they focus most on the gray zone. U.S. adversaries have become increasingly adept at achieving their goals in a manner that is deliberately designed to remain below the threshold of conventional military conflict and open interstate war. One such method, the use of lawfare, involves using law as a weapon to achieve a particular objective. This article serves as a primer on the topic of lawfare, discusses its use by Russia, China, and the U.S., and finally, reviews ways in which senior leaders must respond with changes to the organization of legal capabilities.