Iain F Cowie was a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence, the oldest defence thinktank in the World, at the outbreak of the Iraq War. He has been published in a wide variety of places, such as The Washington Post, the Jane’s Police Review, the Journal of Cultural Approach and RUSI Newsbrief. He has a wide scope of interests having worked as a lawyer in the UK and as a journalist in Asia, and these have motivated an interdisciplinary style of study. He now lectures at Thammasat University in Thailand.
In an age of postmodern irony, the army commander is trapped in a loop of strategic narratives. The endgame in the hyperreal, media-saturated world is pre-determined by the stories of old. This author- a former military researcher at the World’s oldest thinktank- takes a look at this startlingly new frontline in military plotting.