27 October 2017

The Power of Cognitive Maneuver: Don’t Underestimate its Value

by Patricia DeGennaro

In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt sailed the Great White Fleet around the world to demonstrate the military power of the United States of America. His intent was not to invade foreign lands or overthrow enemy leaders, it was instead to influence. Influence others to enforce treaties and foreign investments around the world. Roosevelt also wanted to influence maritime thieves who threatened to pirate ships and inhibit commerce. The actions he took were both physical and cognitive. The large fleet sailed to influence, deter, and change behaviors of those who might challenge him. Roosevelt knew how to use US military prowess by pairing physical and cognitive actions so others would think twice about interfering in American interests.

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