INFORMATION OPERATIONS – the New Frontier in Full-Spectrum Warfare

...most revealing introduction to all the dimensions of this latest battlespace and to the technologies that support it...

Information Operations (IO), as currently practiced by the U.S. Military, encompass a broad range of capabilities designed to inform, influence, persuade, or deceive target audiences, and a collection of technical capabilities focused on impacting systems for storing or transmitting information. Formally, IO capabilities include Psychological Operations, Electronic Warfare, Computer Network Operations, Operations Security, and Military Deception. The relationships between the IO capabilities and other activities including conventional military operations, related and supporting capabilities, and strategic communication are not always well understood, nor are they optimally organized for specific undertakings. This class explores these relationships and presents clear definitions for all the elements as they appear in the formal doctrine, and as they function in practice. The implications of the different approaches are discussed in depth.

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The growing impact of Information Operation on many aspects of hostile engagement includes competencies involving Electronic Warfare. To that extent, understanding of IO and its inclusion in the ‘big picture’ adds important dimension to ‘traditional’ EW, rendering this knowledge invaluable on all competency levels.

This course is designed specifically for Management, Business Development, Administration, Procurement, Technical and Interdisciplinary Personnel in government and defense industries whose greater familiarity with information operations will enhance synergistic interactions, system effectiveness and business prospects. While the material presented is wholly non-technical, those with technical backgrounds stand to benefit from a broad contextual overview and enumeration of specific challenges that may be amenable to technical solutions.

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About the Instructor

Christopher Paul is a Full Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation working on a wide range of defense policy issues including counterinsurgency, information operations, and strategic communication. Prior to joining RAND full-time in July of 2002, he worked at RAND as adjunct staff for 6 years. Chris received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001; he spent the academic year 2001-02 on the UCLA statistics faculty. Chris has developed methodological competencies in comparative historical and case study approaches, quantitative analysis, and survey research. Current research interests include strategic communication, influence operations, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, simulation training, press-military relations, and military operations on urban terrain. Recent RAND publications include OP-250, Whither Strategic Communication? A Survey of Current Proposals and Recommendations, MG-607, and Enlisting Madison Avenue: The Marketing Approach to Earning Popular Support in Theaters of Operation. Recent commercial books include Information Operations – Doctrine and Practice: A Reference Handbook and Marines on the Beach: The Politics of U.S. Military Intervention Decision Making.


Course: ROO-487 Duration: 2 Days FEE: $1,299 CEUs: 1.44

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