The virtual dimension of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency

  title={The virtual dimension of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency},
  author={David J. Betz},
  journal={Small Wars \& Insurgencies},
  pages={510 - 540}
  • David J. Betz
  • Published 1 December 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Small Wars & Insurgencies
This paper looks at the virtual dimension of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency. It argues that the West is faltering in the ‘War of Ideas’ with global Jihad for the main reason that the messages that we wish to convey lack narrative coherence. This is a result of the fact that we misapprehend the nature of the virtual operational environment whereas our opponents possess an intuitive grasp of it as a result of which their structure and method of operations are better adapted and… 
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