Since the dawn of time, Man has spend an inordinate amount of time either preparing for or waging war — and sometimes, recovering from it. War has always been around, to the point that “The Art of War” (an ancient Chinese text from the 6th Century BC) remains, even today, one of the most influencial works on military operations. War, as an art. This always makes me pause, especially since I’ve seen the reality of it. It’s only on paper that intel is always accurate, that weapons never miss their target, and that collateral damage is “minimal”. Out in the field, war is an ugly business, full of tears and blood and death.
Today, people are still trying to perfect their tools, to come up with improved and more efficient ways of disposing of opposing forces. Becoming more lethal, but also more precise. As modern conflicts are now fought under the scrutiny of the media, waging a “clean war” has now become as much of a military objective as a political one. Showing off technology as a guarantee that things will be carried out exactly as planned — precisely, accurately, clinically. War, as an art. As for any other arts, there are various styles and different schools of thought. The files we received from John Johnson are a convincing testimony to this, as we discover what the Russians have been working on in their own secret labs.
A few days back, we published a White Paper advocating the use of “shadow warfare” over the more conventional strategies of these past decades. This is nothing new in itself — remember, Sun Tzu says:
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. [...] Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
War, as an art.
Welcome to the real world.