Contemporary Operating Environment

Contemporary Operating Environment

Paradigm shift: Understanding propaganda in the digital age | The Interpreter

Influence operations in the digital age are not merely propaganda with new tools. Now conducted across the whole of society, we are only at the beginning of a new era of population-centric...

By Zac Rogers, Emily Bienvenue & Maryanne Kelton

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Future Operating Environment

SwarmNet – Heterogeneous Autonomous Multi-Domain Swarms for Network Resilience

Will the Army of the near future need to deal with swarming drones? Daniel Lee thinks we should be prepared for these types of threats.

By Daniel Lee

Contemporary Operating Environment

Moneyball and Small Wars

Have we been thinking about warfare the wrong way all along?

By Gareth Rice

Contemporary Operating Environment

Wi-Fi Over Water: Misplaced Priorities in the American Way of War

Should we be seeking out WiFi at the same time as establishing a reliable water supply? This article, via the Modern War Institute, argues that combat soldiers are not ready for the harsh realities...

By The Cove

Contemporary Operating Environment

The Tactical Application of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

How can social media contribute to the combat intelligence picture?

By PTE E

Contemporary Operating Environment

The Spear Podcast - 'Combat Outpost Keating'

A link to the Modern War Institute, and a first hand account of the battle on 3 October 2009.

By The Cove

Contemporary Operating Environment

Assault Breaching: Generating Momentum in the Case for Assault Pioneers

This article seeks to outline that Assault Pioneers can achieve the routine mobility responsibilities for infantry centric small teams through assault breaching and reduction of nuisance obstacles (...

By Ted Taber & Wes Walsh

Contemporary Operating Environment

The Battle of Marawi: Small Team Lessons Learned For the Close Fight.

 In May 2017, Islamist insurgents swarmed through the city of Marawi, taking the population of 200, 000 hostage and announcing it as a new ‘Capitol’ for Islamic State in South-East Asia.

By James Lewis

Contemporary Operating Environment

Can Humanitarian Action Remain Principled in Challenging Times?

This article, written for The Cove by the International Committee of the Red Cross, examines whether humanitarian actions can remain principled in modern conflicts.

By Emily Defina

Contemporary Operating Environment

Advise, Assist and Enable in Iraq

It's a human thing - how we supported the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service mattered more than what we did

By The Cove

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