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Making sense of the senseless: war in the postmodern era.

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College, School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This research project theoretically describes many of the confusing phenomena occurring in todays strategic context. In particular, the paper argues that the United States is in the midst of a philosophical crisis, the preliminary to a paradigm shift, between modern thought and postmodern thought. It further argues that the United States governmental institutions, which were designed to be occupied by modern thinkers, will cease to function as intended as more postmodern thinkers occupy them. The research gives a history of thought from Ancient Greece to the modern United States. The paper argues that postmodern thinkers live in hyperrealities, making them susceptible to deception and disinformation, because they seek alternative narratives to explain the world around them. Using the 2016 US Presidential election, the research investigates how Russian strategic deception and disinformation influenced the postmodern thinkers in the United States. The paper describes postmodern strategies than can be employed alone or in conjunction with modern strategies against both modern and postmodern populations.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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