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Communication and Information Warfare

Author: Mario Bekes

We know advertisers and politicians try to persuade us to believe a certain viewpoint. The power of communication as a type of warfare is often undervalued. Influencing your ‘enemy’ is a key part of winning any battle. Being able to analyse misinformation has become a critical skill for armies, businesses and citizens alike. You may remember that prior to the…

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Your world as you know it is over

Your world as you know it is over

Author: Mario Bekes

We can argue and discuss how life, business and social interactions were in the Pre-COVID world, however, none of this changes the fact that the world we know is over and we need to refocus our activity on positive things. To enable us to continue to go about our daily lives and enjoy family, health and business, we now have…

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Creating a perfect economic strategy with information and Intelligence

Author: Mario Bekes

Corporations strive to be successful in their chosen markets. Trying to win the hearts and minds of consumers is a relentless, on-going battle that can be both costly and exhausting. Organisations can learn from military strategists and use information to develop successful economic strategies. There are plenty of examples from military strategists past and present. Many have a similar theme…

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Understanding of Communism and Intelligence Services

Author: Mario Bekes

Western and communist countries have had very different approaches to intelligence gathering over the years. The fundamental difference is that the communist approach starts with childhood education and intelligence service secrecy. Western countries on the other hand are far more open in how its population is educated and the plans and objectives of their intelligence services. It is useful to…

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Changing the narrative, combating social media manipulation

Author: Mario Bekes

The iconic image of the Man vs Tank taken on the morning of 5 June 1989 in Tiananmen Square, Beijing is cited as a major catalyst to the subsequent profound impacts of social media. This was an image that led to media organisations openly supporting a revolution by oppressed people. Social media is now central to most people’s lives and…

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The Controlled Chaos Strategy

Author: Mario Bekes and Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

“Separate to live, unite to fight” Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 One glance at social media today will yield countless claims from people with purported privileged knowledge of, or control over, the silver bullet for success. Snake oil solutions though they may be, they are useful as demonstrative exemplars of broader tendencies found in legitimate and illegitimate strategies alike: Namely, the vast…

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What has hybrid warfare got to do with me?

Author: Mario Bekes and Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

It may be a term you have not heard before, and one that sounds more relevant to the military, but hybrid warfare is being used by a variety of organisations and governments to achieve different objectives. To see how this is relevant to you, ask yourself three questions: Think about the implications and learnings of COVID from a strategic risk…

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Why Corporate Risk Management has failed and why we need corporations to be prepared for Hybrid Warfare?

Author: Mario Bekes

Summary Regardless of the cause, Corporate Risk Management is failing in the COVID-19 crisis and corporations need to be better prepared for Hybrid Warfare. Hybrid Warfare is a mix of conventional and, non-conventional methods that cross political, economic and social boundaries. These methods include, misinformation, investment strategies, corporate intelligence gathering and cyber infiltrations. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most governments…

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Flatten the psychological virus curve

Author: Mario Bekes

Covid-19 has created an unprecedented chain of events. Hindsight will no doubt show that much of them could have been avoided from the start. Two major issues revolve around fear. Fear of possible infection and fear of the economic uncertainty of what life will be like when the health crisis is over. The current war is not just against the…

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Corporate triage – Uncertainty is not created by Covid-19, but in how it is responded to

Author: Mario Bekes

Companies that perform effective tactical and operational triage will be better placed during this crisis and beyond. From the dawn of humankind, mysterious diseases and illnesses have caused panic and havoc. Fear was often translated and elaborated in many different ways, such as through religion, gods and unjustified punishment. Fortunately, the human race evolved through the centuries. Science, once treated…

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