"The Strategy Bridge"

War, ‘Moral Forces’, and the ‘Virus of Strategism’

David Betz

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About The Author

Dr. David J Betz BA, MA (Carleton) PhD (Glasgow) joined the Department of War Studies, King’s College London after completing his PhD in 2002. His research interests are insurgency and counterinsurgency, information warfare and cyber war, propaganda, as well as civil-military relations and strategy. Betz is head of the Insurgency Research Group and was the academic director of the War Studies Online MA program for its first five years. He also leads a two-year U.S. Department of Defense Minerva-funded project on ‘Strategy and the Network Society’. Beyond the Department of War Studies, Betz is also a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). He has advised and worked with the Ministry of Defence (UK) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on strategic issues, counterinsurgency and stabilization doctrine, and cyberspace and cyber strategy. He also lectures abroad (United States, Israel and Italy) as well as in the UK at the Defence Academy to the Advanced and Intermediate Command and Staff. Betz is a member of Infinity Journal’s Editorial Advisory Panel, and he is the author of, among others, Cyberspace and the State (with Tim Stevens).

To Cite This Article

Betz, David, “War, ‘Moral Forces’, and the ‘Virus of Strategism’”, Infinity Journal, “The Strategy Bridge” Special Edition, March 2014, pages 17-21.