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Navigating the Cognitive Dimension with a Different Compass

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2017,31 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The road to better understanding ones operational environment travels through the cognitive dimension, where different individuals thoughts and beliefs shape their unique interpretations of space and its meaning. Elements of psychology, philosophy, history, theory, and doctrine merge to present the complex nature of cognition and the processes of thought. Individuals interpret time and elements of physical space, such as borders, differently. This creates differences in thought, action, belief, and strategy that become realized as fog and friction in an operational environment. The Israel border illustrates how different thought processes result in different understandings of space and generates conflict. These differences manifest in misunderstanding at best, and fundamental surprise and strategic miscalculations at worst. A synthetic understanding of multiple perspectives is needed to create a more complete understanding and visualization of the space resulting in a comprehensive operational approach. In the lands of Israel, where multiple perspectives collide in a complex conflict, an appreciation of these unique perspectives is needed to gain an understanding of the situation.

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  • Psychology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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