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Influence, the Indirect Approach and Manoeuvre


Influence, rather than being a radical new idea, has roots in a long tradition of manoeuvre warfare

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

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