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As the nature of contemporary warfare continues to evolve geographically, demographically, and politically, it is increasingly crucial for commanders and staffs conducting full-spectrum counterinsurgency operations to truly understand the complexity of the operating environment and to employ forces and assets in a predictive and multispectral manner. In wars that are irregular in character, in which armed groups recruit from, hide among, and are willing to attack communities, the nature of the conflict is a fight for the population.5 In these environments, the preponderance of effort must be focused on influencing the population more effectively than the adversary.6 This is the fight for the human domain.
United States Naval War College Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups
Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, Contemporary Warfare, Counterinsurgency Operations
Scanzillo, Thomas M. and Lopacienski, Edward M., "Influence Operations and the Human Domain" (2015). CIWAG Case Studies. 13.