Military combat and cultural sensitivity

A very interesting speech on the grand sounding idea of a ‘war on terror’ versus the more mundane reality of localised ‘counter insurgency’ operations – and the future of warfare in general – in which Australian Brigadier Justin Kelly tells it like (pretty much everybody already knows) it is:

Brigadier Kelly said modern war could be defined as ‘conflict, using violent and non-violent means, between multiple actors and influences, competing for control over the perceptions, behaviour and allegiances of human population groups’. He said he found it interesting that ‘if you take out violence out of the first line, it’s a description of politics’.

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