Now that new leadership is in place in Washington, D.C., Americans and the world have been told that different approaches may be used to enhance U.S. national security and help achieve worthwhile objectives internationally.
Part of these approaches will surely include the some of the "soft power" methods such as persuasion, moral authority, consensus-building around shared interests and leadership by example.
Effective use of soft power can sometimes prevent or complement what should be the last resort - the bombs, bullets, killing and destruction of "hard power."
Innovative and leading-edge approaches to many of these kinds of challenges are sometimes referred to as "transcendent warfare."
This term generally indicates the utilization of advanced, sometimes unconventional methods and activities that most often seem to fall into the realm of soft power. However, hard power options could also be directly affected by transcendent warfare concepts.
Intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination can also be influenced by transcendent concepts, viewpoints, options and understanding.
Human consciousness and perception are some of the key elements at the heart of transcendent warfare activities.
Some of the ideas of transcendent activities and operations include the realization that new and innovative methods can be valuable.
These ideas also include the recognition that certain leading-edge views in the fields of physics, psychology, biology, sociology, anthropology and other disciplines can provide constructive soft-power options.
For example, in the 1970s physicists, psychologists, intelligence officers and others began to discover that the method called "remote viewing" - a type of extrasensory perception (ESP) - could sometimes be used with good results in addressing certain intelligence-gathering situations.
Although the science explaining this method was not fully understood - and still isn't - some significantly successful results were achieved.
One hypothesized aspect that is associated with remote viewing is the basic idea that there are unseen potential abilities in human consciousness, apparently predominantly at the unconscious level. These abilities appear to include an enhanced "sixth sense."
Perhaps as significant as the use of this ability to gather information is the recognition that human consciousness may have different properties and different connections than we might sometimes think.
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