Issue 7, Winter 2023

Urban Combat Lessons Learned: The Battle of Kyiv, February – March 2022

By Louis DiMarco


The Russian attempt to seize the city of Kyiv in February 2022 is arguably the most decisive battle of the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war. This paper describes the successful defense of Kyiv by the Ukraine Defense Forces and the lessons learned from the battle. This battle for the critical urban center offers many lessons for the military professional interested in urban warfare. There are lessons learned applicable to all levels of war –strategic to tactical. These include the critical importance of urban areas, why military considerations are often not dominant, and the criticality of leadership and combined arms tactics. Interestingly, most of the lessons learned regarding urban warfare in the battle of Kyiv reflect the same lessons learned from the major urban battles since World War II.

Urban Warfare and Military Strategy: Examining the Relationship between Ends-Ways-Means-Risk and Urban Operations

By Amos Fox


Urban Warfare presents a unique set of challenges to policymakers, military professionals, and scholars. A significant and important amount of literature has been produced in the past decade highlighting the importance of urban warfare. Much of this literature focuses on the mechanics of urban warfare – how to fight and stay alive in those environments. Little has been written, however, on the interplay of strategy and urban warfare. This article explores urban warfare through the lens of strategy and in doing so comes to a few important findings. First, the defender in urban warfare gains an initial protection advantage, but that advantage is not constant, but evaporates in proportion to its adversary gaining situational understanding. Next, leads to urban warfare proliferation of wars of attrition, regardless of how a state wants to prosecute the war. Lastly, smaller, lighter forces are incompatible with the challenges of urban warfare. Therefore, states should invest in larger, heavier forces. Otherwise, they risk becoming trapped in an urban death trap.

Russian Air Power in the Ukraine War (2022-2023)

By Angelos Giakoumis


The Russian assault of February 2022 against Ukraine began with a barrage of missiles against key assets of the Ukrainian air defense, reminding the pattern of many US-led interventions since the end of the Cold War. The subsequent full-scale war revealed the inability of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) to establish air superiority. This was an astonishing fact for many Western analysts, given the advanced capabilities of the VKS and the large number of modern aircraft deployed. The present paper will present the strategic approach of the VKS in the Ukrainian conflict, starting from February 2022 until the beginning of 2023. The paper argues that three main issues prevented Russian air power from dominating the Ukrainian air space and from producing tangible effects in favor of the Russian grand strategy: the inability to conduct an effective SEAD/DEAD campaign, poor capabilities in CAS, and poor Russian aircrew training standards.

Lessons from the Use of Space Technology in the Ukraine War

By Alexandros Kolovos


This article highlights the importance of space technology in modern warfare. The use of satellites in the war in Ukraine, for intelligence gathering and conducting military operations, has become increasingly important in conflicts. Space technology allows for warfare on multiple fronts simultaneously, as it accelerates the speed of attacks, with a significant reduction in the time required from target detection to strike. On the other hand, for the first time, its effectiveness was questioned through cyber attacks, showing that measures need to be taken. In light of these developments, states should reassess their space capabilities.

The Concepts of Rhythm and Synchronization at the Operational Level of War

By Ioannis Kostoulas


For implementing operational art, one of the three operational factors that should be taken into account is time. Two concepts that are linked directly to time are operational tempo and synchronisation. The first derives from the division of the total distance that is covered by the force, by the respective time. The second is the process through which maximum combat power is applied at the enemy decisive point. Its elements are actions, coordination, effects, concentration, synergy and simultaneity. The aforementioned concepts are also valid for the conduct of multi – domain operations. For their proper implementation, the command and control function should be adjusted to a more “collaborative” and horizontal structure, with the ability to respond accordingly to the demands of the contemporary operational environment. The basic prerequisites for the above to be applied, is sufficiently educated personnel with the proper culture.


Issue 6, Winter 2022

The Excess of Culmination Point of the Greek Offensive in Asia Minor in the Summer of 1921

Dionysios Tsirigotis

The current study emphasizes on a fundamental issue of military strategy referring to the effect of the culminating point of attack on the measurement of its effectiveness. Selecting the case study of the military operations of the antivenizelist Greek governments in Asia Minor, from March to August 1921, we will investigate whether and to what extent the passing of the culminating point of the Greek offensive led to the disintegration of the Greek military strategy. Given that the realization of the core political goal of the Greek grand strategy was based solely on the adoption-implementation of an offensive military strategy of direct approach, the inability of the Greek political leadership to recognize the culminating point of the attack led to the reversal of the respective point of the Kemalist defense, resulting to the recovery of the balance of military power within the theater of operations and their eventual predominance.

The Operational Parameters Affecting the Final Phase of Operations in Asia Minor

Dimitrios Alevizos

During the final phase of the Hellenic Army’s operations in Asia Minor (August 13-September 5, 1922), took place the successful Turkish attack, the breakthrough of the front in its Southern Sector, the subsequent retreat of the Hellenic forces and finally the abandonment of Asia Minor. This outcome was the result of a combination of many different factors, the most important of which were: the equipment of the opposite forces in relation to the attitude of the international factor, intelligence and security operations, morale, operational planning and the conduct of operations.

General Staff Corps and Staff Training in the Greek Army (1833–1920)

Konstantinos Vlassis

The development of the Hellenic Army into a combat-worthy military machine took whole decades to become a reality. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that it became possible to organize a well-trained, equipped and disciplined body that was to be mobilized and fight on the basis of special preparation and training. In this context, the staff work that had to precede it was extremely important and required a long time to become efficient. This particular article describes in general terms the essential non-existence of staff organization and work in the Greek Army and how it managed at the last moment to have an extremely limited number of staff officers who could bear the burden of organizing and planning large-scale operations. The Hellenic Army encountered insurmountable obstacles to systematic and mass training in Greek staff schools, so it was forced to rely mainly on experienced officers.

70 Years of Greece in the Atlantic Alliance: The Defence Problems of the First Decade (1952-1962) 

Ippokratis Daskalakis

The geographical configuration of the Greek area, the last decades, made the defense against a surprise attack from the north neighboring countries problematic. The post-war combination of the historical aspirations of the neighboring Slavic states with the communist ideology and the cold-war atmosphere made the “threat from the north” more threatening. The Greek accession to the Atlantic Alliance, in 1952, offered the contractual security guarantees anxiously sought by Athens, although from a operational point of view, there were well-founded doubts about the Greek or allied capabilities to repel a Soviet or even a single Bulgarian invasion. The Hellenic Armed Forces, in the first decade (1952-1962) after the admission in NATO, upgraded their combat capabilities, reinforced in war material but also integrating operational experiences and technical knowledge from new operational tactics and modern weapon systems. In any case, the defense problem of Greece was not fully resolved with the accession, while the continuous allocation of valuable and hard-to-find national financial resources was needed for the maintenance of the really large and army. It is estimated with relative certainty that Greece being outside the Atlantic Alliance, even under American security guarantees, would receive significantly smaller amounts of defense materials, resulting in the impossibility of even a limited modernization of the Greek Armed Forces resulting and in a significant further burden on the national budget. However, through the Greek integration, the provision of contractual security guarantees – possibly not capable of dealing with the magnitude of the threat – contributed to the stabilization of the country, supporting its economic development and general progress that characterized the post-war decades of the 1950s and 1960s.

Turkey’s Entry into NATO through the Korean War: Assessing the Reputation of Turkish Power

Spyros Katsoulas

The accession of Greece and Turkey to NATO is inextricably linked to the Korean War, where both countries sent expeditionary forces. The aim of this paper is to assess the reputation of Turkish military prowess that was born in the battlefields of Korea. The reputation of a strong military accompanied Turkey for a long time, affecting the way the United States perceived Turkey, and Turkey perceived itself. The “legend of the Turkish soldier” was born in the highlands of Korea partly because of the self-sacrifice shown by the soldiers of the Turkish Brigade on the battlefield. However, it was mainly the circumstances of the early Cold War that provided for the inflation of Turkey’s reputation of power. The study of military history does not confirm this reputation, which was created for reasons of political expediency and strategic communication. Despite the bravery shown by the Turkish soldiers in the mountains of Korea, the Turkish Brigade did not stand out in the overall strategic inefficiency of the UN coalition of forces. Its major engagements in the war were met with crushing defeats. In any case, the performance of the Turkish expeditionary force would not have affected Turkey’s NATO membership. Greece and Turkey joined the Atlantic Alliance largely because of the geopolitical connotations of the Korean War in the United States regarding the aspirations and goals of the communist bloc in the Eurasian continent as a whole.


Issue 5, Winter 2021


Greco-Turkish Crises 1976-1996: An Assessment of the Greek Deterrent Strategy

Dionysios Tsirigotis

The aim of the study is to examine the deterrence strategy in ensuring interstate balance of power and stability and to highlight the preconditions for the process of its formulation-implementation. Through three successive, but different in terms of spatio-temporal and geopolitical context, case studies of the twenty years Greek-Turkish crisis (1976-1996), we show the whole process of formulation-implementation of the Greek deterrence strategy by tracing its vulnerabilities and effectiveness. The crises of 1976 and 1987 took place in the bipolar system of the Cold War (1945-1991), while the crisis of Imia in 1996 followed the change in the planetary distribution of power with the establishment of the post-Cold War uni-multipolar international system. The common denominator of these three crises was their demarcation as strictly intra-Western affairs, limiting the room for maneuver of the two allies within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the dominant power (the United States).

Anti-Access and Area Denial in the Aegean Sea

Dimitrios Alevizos

The Aegean derives its importance from its position, which allows it to “unite” three continents (Europe, Asia, Africa), to control the Dardanelles-Bosphorus and Suez Straits and consequently the sea routes to and from the Straits. Its value has been recognized by Turkey, which since 1973 wants to put it together with the Eastern Mediterranean under its control. It has recently stepped up its efforts, implementing the “Blue Homeland” strategy, copying the corresponding Chinese strategy in the South China Sea. Greece, for its part, in order to ensure its independence and sovereign rights, should implement an appropriate strategy, the anti-access and area denial strategy, which China has adopted in the sea areas near its coasts, against the USA.

A Critical Analysis of the Planning and Direction of Asia Minor Army Operations to Eskisehir and Ankara

Vasilios Loumiotis

In June, July and August 1921, the Army of Asia Minor carried out offensive operations against Eskisehir and Ankara with the aim of crushing the Turkish army. Despite its superior power over the Western Front of the Turkish army, the purpose of the operations was not achieved. The causes of failure are mainly found in the predictions of operational planning and its problematic direction. In particular, the fundamental principles of war were ignored in the drafting of the plans, and the operations were conducted on the basis of a process that was constantly proving ineffective.The Army’s failure lies in the following main issues: It did not plan to wage a decisive battle to crush the Turkish army in the defensive position of Kutahya. It did not pursue the Turkish army after its defeat at Kutahya. It did not pursue the Turkish army after its defeat at Eskisehir. It offered Kemal a month to redeploy his army and organize his defense on the Sakarya River. It carried out operations in Ankara on the basis of an ungrounded plan that cut it off it from its major line of communication. As a result, it was deprived of its combat and sustainment supplies during the execution of the operations, with adverse effects on their outcome. The article presents the most important points of the operational plans followed by criticism. The conduct of the operations is briefly reviewed in order to demonstrate the weaknesses in their direction.

 Center of Gravity in Modern Strategic Theory and the Lesson of Alexander the Great

Sotirios Drokalos

This article discusses the relation between the theoretical concept of center of gravity and Alexander the Great’s strategy, arguing that the latter is a historical example which proves that the enemy center of gravity is not always to be found in the enemy armed forces, but also in elements that enable them to maintain or rebuild their power. The invasions of Russia and Soviet Union by Napoleon and Hitler are cited as historically comparable opposing approaches to Alexander’s approach. The article summarizes modern strategic theory’s center of gravity concept with main reference to Carl von Clausewitz, and critically examines the Prussian general’s practical understanding of this part of his theory, as it emerges from his analysis of the Napoleonic campaign in Russia. The article goes on to argue that Alexander’s strategy success proves that when the enemy disposes of great strategic depth, focusing solely on destroying the enemy armed forces is not the best possible approach.

Toward the Concept of Psychological Control: Understanding Strategy as an Exercise in Emotion Regulation

Samuel Zilincik and Ivo Pikner

Control is a well-established concept in strategic studies. Unlike its physical counterpart, the psychological aspect of control has received little scrutiny. The article uses emotion research to conceptualize psychological control. Psychological control stands for a strategically elicited emotional feeling of relational weakness that motivates abstinence from hostile actions. Strategists can achieve psychological control by transforming physical situations through offence, defence or their combination. The process of emotion regulation is affected by the psychological characteristics and actions of the adversary as well as by the character of warfare in any given context. In constructing this theoretical analysis, the article relies on the literature on emotion sciences, strategic theory and strategic history. The argument contributes to several ongoing discussions in strategic studies and it can inform strategic practice.

Book Reviews

Andrew R. Novo, The EOKA Cause: Nationalism and the Failure of Cypriot Enosis (London, New York: I.B. TAURIS, 2020).

By Spyros Katsoulas

This book explores the origins and the reasons of failure of Greek-Cypriot goal of the unification of Cyprus with Greece. The major question of the book is to what extent the violent means of the Greek-Cypriot anti-colonial struggle served the political purpose of Enosis. Based on new primary and exhaustive secondary sources, the author addresses in ten concise chapters the evolution of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot nationalisms, the competition within Greek-Cypriots, the role of motherlands Greece and Turkey, as well as the geopolitical concerns of the failing British Empire in the context of the Cold War. The primary reasons for the failure of the EOKA cause was Greek-Cypriot strategic myopia, British cynicism and sluggishness, and Turkey’s greed in the island.

De Woyde, On the Initiative of Subordinate Leaders in War, trans. I. Velissariou, (Athens: Konstantinides, 1907).

By Panagiotis Gartzonikas

This is the first book about Auftagstaktik written by a Russian general long before the term was invented and established as mission command in all Western armies, translated into Greek by a junior officer. The Russian lieutenant general Karl Mavrikievitch Woide (or Woyde or Voide) after a careful study of the Franco-Prussian War, was the first foreigner to describe the Prussian command doctrine as having the effect of a ‘newly perfected weapon. It was indeed like a secret weapon, for it was invisible. He addressed the phenomenon of initiative more than two decades before the First World War and described it in detail in a book translated into German and French. However his book was not translated into English so is relatively unknown in the Anglo-Saxon world.


Issue 4, Winter 2020

National Security: Is There Enough Room for Effective Military Advice?
 Ginis Konstantinos
Military advice is a fundamental element of the smooth functioning of the civil-military relations, but also the decision-making by the political leadership regarding the use of military power. Military advice is formulated and submitted within a defined institutional framework; it is addressed to the legally elected representatives of the state, who have the final decision-making power, which must be honest, non-partisan, and politically informed. In Greece, military advice is provided by the Chief of Staff in person and remains secret, while it is submitted within a dysfunctional system of command and control of the armed forces. It is basically one-sided from the Chief of Staff to the government, although there should have been the possibility of submission to the parliament as well, thus creating essential margins for control and accountability of the military by the parliament as well. The scope of the advice should be expanded with the participation of other actors of the military leadership, each in its field of responsibility, in order to strengthen the credibility and range of options of the political leadership. The review of the system of administration and control, as well as the change of culture in the field of civil-military relation, will expand the field and the quality of military advice.
Civil-military Deliberations for the Dispatch of the Greek Expeditionary Force to Korea in 1950
Ippokratis Daskalakis
Greece actively participated in the Korean War (1950-1953) with the deployment of military and air forces. The decision-making process was carried out reluctantly and sometimes outside institutional frameworks. Interpersonal initiatives and contacts played a key role. At the same time, the internal political situation was fluid and the threat of a resurgence of the communist uprising or even the invasion of the troops of the northern neighboring countries was imminent. The cost of the participation of the forces in distant Korea also played an important role in the Greek hesitation, while the American positions on the Greek participation were initially contradictory, a fact that intensified the Greek hesitations even more. Examining and evaluating decision-making processes also reveals the general picture of politico-military relations in the early 1950s.
Turkish Strategic Culture and Its Impact on Greek-Turkish Crisis of 1976
Efstathios Koutsourakis and Themistocles Zanidis 
The research question of this article is related to the analysis of the impact of the Kemalist strategic culture on the 1976 Greek-Turkish crisis. The argument is that this particular Greek-Turkish confrontation was not a deliberate strategic choice from the outset, as the Turkish Government had severe reasons to avoid tensions at the time. However, the Kemalist strategic culture, the main elements of which are the conviction that the country is located in a threatening geopolitical environment as well as the cultivation of nationalism, formed a peculiar socio-political framework which led Prime Minister Demirel to decide to send “Sismik I” to the Aegean for research. Demirel, thinking about the survival of his Government and given the Kemalist strategic culture-driven tendencies of Turkish public opinion, took actions to avoid being blamed for national perfidy. 
Depth in the Contemporary Operational Environment
Ioannis Kostoulas
The evolution of the notion of operational depth followed the evolution of the operational level of war which is considered a revolution in military affairs. Its key role for operational planning as well as for the conduct of operations started surfacing during the First World War and its development continues up to current time. Turning point to that evolution was the designation of the domains that comprise it, with the cognitive one, being the most important. Its vastness allows for the conduct of synchronised operations that can lead the opponent to a state of operational shock by attacking the existing mental gaps throughout its breadth.  The application of such concept presupposes an holistic approach towards depth which envisages it as one domain structured with the human being as its hub and the production of educated leaders who always maintain a critical approach to the operational issues they confront.
Lemnos in Hitler’s Mediterranean Strategy: Lessons from Operation Hannibal for the Importance of Straits and the Aegean 
Panagiotis Gartzonikas
Lemnos, the largest and most important of the complex of four islands located at the mouth of the Dardanelles, derives its geostrategic value from its location and its history is directly linked to that of the Straits. Germany in World War II did not seek to occupy the Straits because Turkey’s neutrality was in her interest. But after turning her attention to the Mediterranean, and moreover when planning her campaign in the Balkans, Lemnos attracted the attention of even Hitler himself. The Germans planned to seize Lemnos with an airborne operation, at the same time as the land attack against Greece. Operation Hannibal did not take place eventually, because it was surpassed by the events of the rapid occupation of mainland Greece. Nevertheless, the planning of this specific operation provides us with useful lessons for the value of the Straits, the Aegean and Lemnos as well as airborne operations.

Issue 1 (3), Summer 2019

Civil-Military Relations in the Greece of Crisis (2008-2015) and the Dilemma of Guardianship
Konstantinos Ginis
The economic crisis in Greece has caused Praetorian phenomena and conditions. This has created in the Greek governemtns a deep suspicion (in lieu of evidence) of a slippery slope towards military Praetorianism (i.e. Armed forces intervention in the political arena). In response to this situation, the Greek governments rejected the reinforcement of democratic political control and responded with total subjective political control, on the verge of authoritarianism, while also rejecting the “unequal dialogue” and applying an “authoritarian monologue”, breaking the political-military relationship. That took the form of discharges and replacements of leadership, as well as political intervention in the evaluation procedures of senior executives, along with military expenditure reductions. Regarding the Guardianship Dilemma, the Greek governments have chosen to weaken the capacity of the Armed Forces, despite the strong external threat, to overcome their fear and suspicion of involvement in the country’s political life.
The Supreme Command of Operations of the Asia Minor Army of December 1920 and March 1921
Vasileios Loumiotis
The government that emerged from the elections of November 1, 1920 was confronted with the question of imposing, by force, the terms of the Treaty of Sevres on Kemalist Turkey, an obligation undertaken by the outgoing Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos from the British. By the end of December 1920, the Third Army Corps, on order of the new Government, executed Reconnaissance in Force in the region of Eskisehir. This operation, improperly conceived, studied, and executed, resulted in the de facto recognition of the Kemalist state by the Allies. The government, in order to strengthen the country’s position in peace negotiations, ordered the execution of operations to capture Eskisehir and Kutahya, but refused to provide the Asia Minor Army with the resources needed to execute the operation under conditions that would ensure success. Along the way, the goals of the operation were unorthodoxly changed and widened without informing the Government and the Commander of the Asia Minor Army, and hence the operations failed.
The Formation of Greek Army’s Leadership: From the Defeat of 1897 to the Balkan Wars
Demetrios Malesis
The defeat of the Greek Army in the war against the Ottoman Empire in 1897 made the need for its reconstruction urgent. The first attempts towards that were led by Georgiοs Theotokis and were later on continued with the coup d’etat of 1909 and during the first years of Venizelos’ power.  The formation of the leading body of the military was a great deal, around which vast political conflict was raised. The leadership was given from 1900 to the heir apparent of the Greek throne, Constantine. Such an action caused strong reactions and political dispute as it was made clear that the military was controlled by the royalty and was independent from the government. Venizelos kept Constantine and his cadre as the leaders of the military despite the intense backlash from some militants. He believed that through such an action a national unity was ensured, which was essential given the turn of events in the Balkans. However, after the ending of the Balkan wars it was proved that the differences between the state government and the royalty kept existing and were to be harshly manifested from 1915 to 1917.
The Offensive Element in Defence
Panagiotis Tsarouchakis
War effort can take two, distinctive, forms: offense and defense. Clausewitz’s “On War” and historical experience suggest that the defender should not remain passive, but he should conduct his operations having in mind that in the end he should transit to the offensive and pursue a decisive victory, without contradicting with the form of his war that will remain defensive. The transition to the offensive is a complex military undertaking. Its success requires that the attacker has reached his culmination point without having achieved his objectives and the defender has the means and the ability to undertake the operation.
Clio and Ares: Military History, Strategy and the Professional Military Education
Panagiotis Gartzonikas
Military history has evolved towards two directions, the official one of general staffs and the academic one, having been established today as one of the branches of history. Military history constituted the basis of strategy, although their relation went through crisis during the Cold War period. Since the 19th century military history has been utilized as a tool for the education of officers during times of peace, attaining its apex in Germany at the time of Moltke and Schlieffen. Today the Americans together with the British are in the vanguard of the educational field. In Greece, academic military history is virtually non-existent, a fact that affects negatively the level of strategic analyses, as well as the education of officers.

Issue 2, Winter 2018

The Greek Division in Cyprus (1964-68) and the Role of Great Powers
Angelos Syrigos
In 1964, a Greek military force, which became known as the Division, was sent to Cyprus in response to a decision made by the Greek government to protect the island from the potential implementation of the Turkish decision to invade. By early 1968, the last soldiers of the Division had returned to Greece. This article examines the reasons for the mission and the withdrawal of the Division, as well as its reception by the Great Powers in their strategic calculations for the Eastern Mediterranean in the historical context of the Cold War.
Cyprus 1974: Strategic Assessment and Military Strategy
Panagiotis Gartzonikas
The Cyprus problem has been for Greece one of the main issues of concern and dispute versus Turkey since 1955. Initially, Greece presumed that the issue could be resolved through diplomatic means and never, in fact, devised any pertinent long-term strategy. During all subsequent crises, namely those of 1964, 1967 and 1974, Greece hesitated or turned out unwilling to intervene militarily in Cyprus. In 1974, specifically, the military regime overthrew the Makarios regime by coup d’état, without any serious strategic assessment and with actually null awareness of the international environment. The following Turkish invasion surprised Greece at all levels, which had neither strategy nor action plan. From July 20th until August 16th 1974, Turkey was executing operations in Cyprus while Greece was just watching, unable to react, fearing the breakout of all-out war with Turkey. A few of the problems that arose then have still not been resolved.
Airpower and Cyprus: “How Far Away Cyprus Lies?”
Vasileios Vrettos
The expediency of supporting operations in Cyprus in 1974 from the point of view of airpower and assault by air of selected targets still remains a point of friction. The Greek intervention to “resolve” the Cyprus problem was almost certain to lead to a Greek-Turkish war, so every point of view should take into account this exceptionally serious parameter. War is a very serious matter to be examined excitedly and any objective approach should be based on real facts. The Air Force in 1974 was tremendously unprepared for war, as was the case for the other branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces, and the responsibilities lie with those who caused this situation, and especially those who, by military or political mantle, decided on the fate of the nation. Cyprus lies indeed far away for a country like Greece. The air and military capabilities of supporting operations in Cyprus and at the same time in the Aegean and Thrace were minimal in 1974, and are still inadequate today. Buttressing the security of Cyprus cannot be currently a grand strategic goal of Greece alone. If the political will of both states is truly there, the sincere cooperation of the two countries is highly required.
Does Cyprus Lie Far Away? Greek Naval Strategy for the Eastern Mediterranean
Vasileios Martzoukos
Does Cyprus lie that far away after all? One answer is that Cyprus lies as far as we choose it to be. If it is consciously understood that Cyprus and the security of Cypriot Hellenism constitutes a Vital National Interest and not a transcendent concession to the Greek Cypriots, then Cyprus will cease to be so far away. This paper proposes a series of required defense and security measures at the National Strategy and the National Military Strategy level in order to focus on the appropriate Naval Strategy of our country. The fundamental Naval Strategy proposal for the expected Maritime Theater of Operations includes changes in both the Structure of Forces and the Armed Forces Command Structure. These changes are based on the reinforcement of jointness and the exploitation of both geography and technology in order to make it possible for the Armed Forces (Greek and Cypriot) to acquire the ability of conducting simultaneously conventional joint operations and asymmetric operations throughout the Maritime Theater of Operations. The paper also provides a general assessment of the priorities for the implementation of the proposals, as well as a rudimentary idea of ​​how to finance them.
Cyberattacks as a Means of Strategy
Andreas Theophilis
The use of new technologies and new methods has always been a crucial element in the historical evolution of war and hence of strategic thinking. Can cyberspace and the possibilities it offers integrate into any of the existing strategic concepts? Or does the digital character of cyber-operations reduce the usefulness of cyber actions as strategic tools? In any case, cyberspace is a reality, and therefore in the modern environment we have to take into account both its possibilities and its constraints. Contemporary policy and decision-makers may need to delve into strategic thinking and discover ways to subsume it to cyber-operations by extending its scope to encompass the new dimension of cyberspace.

Issue 1, Winter 2017

Kondylis and Victory in a Greek-Turkish War
Konstantinos Ginis
Greece has a disadvantage vis-à-vis Turkey regarding the “geopolitical potential”. In the case of a Greek-Turkish war Kondylis considers that a Greek military victory is feasible under four conditions: a. Occupation of Turkish territory b. concentration of Greek forces b. Concentration of the Greek forces in a decisive space and time c. Fire power capable of covering the totality of Turkish territory and mainly d. the ability to launch a first (massive) strike taking the enemy by surprise. The first strike is totally integrated in the operational conduct of war. It constitutes a very important element as part of an active defensive strategy, which when properly conducted and leveraging the totality of the parameters of national power, could lead to victory.
Suicide from Fear of Death – The Preventive Use of Force as Political Choice in Contemporary International Environment: The Case of Small States
Panagiotis Mavropoulos
The preventive use of force and predominantly of military one is not something new in the international system but on the contrary is as old as war itself. It is a fact that international actors always waged war for various reasons including prevention. The appearance of non-state actors and of new threats after 9/11, lead to the reexamination of the concept of preventive war. The predominate tendency was to challenge the existing – until then- moral and legal frame, which was considered non-realistic and restrictive. The fear was that a potential extensive slackening of this frame would cause the excessive use of this form of war from the great powers. For small states the preventive use of force remains a difficult political choice with a preferable alternative, the use of non-military force in countering future threats. In any case the political choice of using preventive force remains at the disposal of state leaders provided its rational use.
National Power and the First Strike from Metaxas to Kondylis
Panagiotis Gartzonikas
Power has been a fundamental concept in international politics, from Thucydides’ time until today. Kondylis, as an adherent of the realpolitik, ascertains the disparity between Greece and Turkey with respect to the factors of national power. The measurement of national power, though, is not a mere sum of measurable indices. Concerning national power, other factors also come into play and how a country utilizes its power is a complex enterprise. In relation to Turkey, Greece possesses particular geographic advantages. The first strike is counted among the more interesting elements which Kondylis introduced to the Greek strategic discourse. His analysis of preemptive strike and preventive war is of theoretical, as well as of practical interest. Preventive war against Turkey was considered as a choice by Greece during 1913-14, when the famous Metaxas’ plan for the seizure of the Hellespont was devised. Although it was not eventually implemented, it was rather not very likely to succeed. However, those aspects are still useful for contemporary strategic problems.
From “Northern” to “Eastern” Threat: The Withdrawal of Greece from NATO’s Integrated Military Structure and the Revision of Its Strategic Doctrine
Anastasios Fildisis
The Turkish invasion in Cyprus the summer of 1974 resulted to the revision of the Greek defense policy, which after WWII was oriented in confronting the “Northern” threat in the frame of Cold War confrontation and the participation of Greece in NATO. The mild reaction to the Turkish invasion from NATO led the Greek government to the withdrawal from the alliance’s integrated military structure and in an effort to balance the Turkish threat via the strengthening of national military power. Despite the change in the prioritization of external threats, the inability of securing alternative “security providers” within the western camp, the revival of Cold War confrontation in the end of the 1970’s and the effort of Turkey to take advantage of the absence of Greece in the Aegen Sea, led the Greek government into the reintegration to the alliance in 1980.
The Concept of Strategic Culture
Spiridon Katsoulas
Strategic culture refers to the sum of beliefs, mindsets and behavior patterns of a collective entity, geographically positioned and with common historical experience. It is based on the hypothesis that every collective entity thinks and acts with different way regarding matters of strategy influenced from its history, its geographical environment and a number of tangible and non-tangible factors. One can encounter factual problems to the analysis and documentation of every strategic culture, which derive from the philosophical character of the concept. Despite the methodological problems, the study of strategic culture offers a valuable framework of understanding of the strategic interaction and enriches the way of thinking of those who are required to make critical decisions.