Big Misconceptions About Modern Warfare

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War is hell, though most of us have an immensely inaccurate idea of exactly what kind of hell it is. While it was a fairly simple affair for most of our history – two sides with dedicated soldiers facing each other at a specific spot, and returning home with a decisive result either way – that’s not the case anymore.

Modern warfare is instead a full-fledged, global industry of rapidly-advancing technology, private interests, unclear goals, and asymmetric tactics. It has changed so much that when most people imagine a modern battlefield, they’re probably imagining something from the early 20th century.

While some of these misconceptions about modern warfare are shaped up by pop culture and news, others can just be chalked up to most of us having never been near an actual battlefield (and that’s probably for the best).


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