Johann Schmid is officer of the German Bundeswehr. He was the Director COI Strategy and Defence (COI S&D) at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki, Finland from August 2018 until September 2021. The international competence centre supports participating states of the European Union and NATO in enhancing their understanding, preparedness and civil-military capabilities to counter hybrid threats. As an officer in the German armed forces he has been working in various fields within the organization. This includes different functions and missions within the combat troops of the army and assignments to NATO as well as to the academia. From 2014 to 2018, he served within the political department of the German Federal Ministry of Defence. Johann Schmid earned his doctorate in political science.

Research Profile | Current Projects

In his academic work Johann Schmid concentrates on the theory and changing manifestation of war with a special focus on hybrid warfare. He supervised amongst others the project: „Hybrid Warfare: Future and Technologies“ (HYFUTEC).

Selected Publications

  • Schmid, Johann. 2021.
    Introduction to Hybrid Warfare – A Framework for comprehensive Analysis.
    In: Hybrid Warfare, edited by Ralph Thiele, 11-32. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-35109-0_2.
  • Schmid, Johann. 2021.
    Herausforderungen hybrider Kriegführung.
    In: Deutsche Sicherheitspolitik, edited by Stephan Böckenförde, Sven Gareis, 219-238. Opladen: Budrich.
  • Schmid, Johann. 2017.
    Hybride Kriegführung in Vietnam – Strategie und das center of gravity der Entscheidung.
    Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 10 (3): 373–390. DOI: 10.1007/s12399-017-0659-4.
  • Schmid, Johann. 2017.
    Konfliktfeld Ukraine: Hybride Schattenkriegführung und das "Center of Gravity" der Entscheidung.
    In: Krieg im 21. Jahrhundert, edited by Hans-Georg Ehrhart, 141-162. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.
  • Schmid, Johann. 2016.
    Hybride Kriegführung und das "Center of Gravity" der Entscheidung.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 34 (2): 114-120. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2016-2-114.