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Dominating Duffer's Domain: Lessons for the U.S. Army Information Operations Practitioner

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[Technical Report, Research Report]

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RAND Corporation

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This report is written in the style and tradition of an important military teaching text The Defence of Duffers Drift. Written by Major General Sir Ernest Swinton in 1904 based on his experience as a field-grade officer during the Boer War, Duffers Drift became a military classic over the course of the following century because it so effectively taught principles of tactical defense. In Swintons text, the fictional narrator, Lieutenant Backsight Foresight, experiences a series of six dreams in each, he is charged with the same mission the defense of Duffers Drift, and in each save the last he fails spectacularly, though in new and different ways, having learned from each of the previous failures until he is finally, before awakening, successful.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]