Yesterday I was at the Downtown Core, the financial, commercial and cultural heart of Singapore. This was home to banks, shopping centres, hotels, areas of cultural interest. Five minutes from a major train station, I entered a convenience store and found a box cutter on sale for $2.50. A distant relative of the same box […]
The Charleston attack and the Day of Terror illustrate the principles of open source warfare: domination of the news cycle, rush to atrocities, and leverage of political topics.
Yesterday The Middle Ground published an opinion piece titled A Young Muslim on ISIS. While it approaches the Islamic State (henceforth called Daesh here) from the perspective of a Muslim, the writer makes a few generalities that don’t hold up. Crucially, he says: “My sense is, if you add a dash of ignorance and a sprinkle […]
Singapore’s strategy for countering hybrid warfare is focused on the military and cyber fields. Unfortunately, hybrid warfare is fought mainly at the moral level.
When confronting terrorism, it is necessary to combine the pen and the sword.
The recent trend of criminal and terrorist violence across the world points to the maturation of fourth generation warfare. The media will be an important factor in this brave new war, both as actor and target.
If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles -Sun Tzu, Art of War This letter on the TODAY newspaper forum reflects an understandable, but naive, sentiment about terrorism. The writer argues that terrorism has no religion, and that all terrorists should simply be called terrorists without […]