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A Look at Influence in Future War
 
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THE FUTURE OF INFLUENCE IN WARFARE

Professor Dennis Murphy
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College


The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Enemies realize the potency of influence and will increasingly bend information to sway both friendly and hostile publics. Professor Murphy argues, in this Joint Force Quarterly article, that to prevail in future conflicts the United States Government must not only be more adroit at telling its own story but also successfully predictive about adversary inclinations and methods of using misinformation. He believes that the U.S. has progressed at this since 9/11, but the need remains to more fully exploit the tools of influence, especially through focused intelligence support. To be fully successful, Americans must understand the environments they operate in as well as the thinking of enemies and host populations.


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