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Hiding in Plain Sight: Denial, Deception, and the Non-State Actor

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Wirtz, James J.
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2008
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Winter - Spring 2008
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History is replete with examples of militaries that have used denial and deception to gain victory on the battlefield. Denial withholds accurate information from an adversary, while deception puts forward misleading information that conforms to the expectations of an opponent. Recently, the advent of the information age has allowed small non-state actors, particularly terrorist organizations, to engage in denial and deception—with often devastating results. Unfortunately, states have been slow to adjust, which has allowed terrorist groups to carry out their attacks while hiding in plain sight of their targets.
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National Security Affairs
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SAIS Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1 (Winter-Spring 2008)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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