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What is the end point toward which the tendency animating present-day warfare moves? The answer is “self-synchronization.” This is when information is so rapidly and effectively distributed throughout the “battlespace” of asymmetrical warfare that even the lowest level “battlespace entities” (human and nonhuman) are empowered to decide autonomously. This impossible ideal is reached when the machinery of war becomes so instantaneously self-organizing that the military hierarchy becomes the functional equivalent of a purely horizontal organization. Networked information becomes “pointy”: directly translated into perception, in turn directly issuing in attack. This is achieved even though in contemporary “infowar” the “fog of...

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