Influence, the Indirect Approach and Manoeuvre
RUSI Journal, Feb 2012, Vol. 157, No. 1
By Alexander Alderson
There is a growing discussion of the concept of ‘influence’ in British military circles. It potentially offers a way of doing more with less in an era of conflict amongst the people. But rather than being an entirely radical new idea, influence is part of a long tradition of manoeuvrist British military thinking on the conduct of war. The challenges are, argues Alexander Alderson, to ensure it is seen as part of that continuum, and to ensure its appropriate application by a broad base of practitioners through a standardised approach – and one rooted in the British Army’s fundamental ethos of manoeuvre.
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