Influential Operations

If you haven’t been reading The Committee of Public Safety, you are missing out. There are too many interesting threads to mention (you can easily browse the archives to read thoughts on Howard Bloom, John Boyd, the financial crisis, and other topics), but for now I’ll simply link to the CSP’s take on the xGW Model of War.

Also now’s a good time to give a shout out to HG’s World, which celebrates one year of blogging this month. Happy anniversary!

7 thoughts on “Influential Operations”

  1. I will check out the link.

    The Pure Kinetic / Pure Info continuum is interesting. Perhaps it might be a better fir then non-kinetics (dispersed kinetics) / Kinetic continuum.

  2. The conceptual difference between kinetic/information and kinetic/nonkinetic is that “pure information” is only one form of “pure non-kinetic” / “completely dispersed kinetic” warfare. If this is a useful distinction, there should be some form of struggle that is completely dispersed but completely non-information-based.

  3. What could such a non-kinetic non-information form of warfare be?

    Or is it a question on whether non-kinetic is really just mostly information, but that the term information is more precise?

    Hmm…

  4. Or is it a question on whether non-kinetic is really just mostly information, but that the term information is more precise

    That is what I was thinking when I first commented.

    It might be a better way to express the concept.

    Let me think. What else is non-kinetic and not-information? Economic or trade warfare? Yeah goods move around…but prices and market fluctuations are really just information.

    Lawfare? All information based.

  5. The Committee today discusses behavioral economics, which was also mentioned on MSNBC so it must be making the rounds. As I wrote at CPS:

    Be careful of the difference between Skinner’s operant conditioning (reward & capture) and Pavlov’s respondant conditioning. Skinner’s is more recent, still widely used, and more effective.

    Operant conditioning uses punishment rarely, if at all, because punishment simply is not effective. Reward an incompatible behavior, but punishing is worthless. Indeed, in a fully skinnerian worldview, punishment and sadism are pretty much identical.

    [1] http://committeeofpublicsafety.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/an-intimacy-with-pain/

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