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US Army: Ethics, Counterinsurgency, and Perceptions in the Information Era

Author: Steven P. Basilici
May 2006


This study by Major Steven P. Basilici argues that when physical actions that are not consistent with a nation's stated values are introduced into the information environment, they can be strategically adverse to that nation. Stated another way, in the present Information Era, it is very difficult for a government, especially a foreign, democratic government, to win a counterinsurgent war when the actions of their soldiers do not consistently support stated values.

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