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The Nature of Conflict Changes Even as the Nature of War Remains Timeless COGSEC Opinions

I like my headline better than that of the original article “The nature of warfare is changing. It’s time governments caught up” which doesn’t quite capture the author’s words.  General Sir Richard Barrons is telling us that the nature of conflict has continued to evolve but at its heart, war remains what it always has:  …

How social media allow our enemies to ambush and divide us – COGSEC Opinions

Certainly an important component of Cognitive Security is public education and this commentary from a former military member highlights that. “Napoleon said “never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake” and we are making a mistake by digging a deep fighting position in our polarized viewpoints, but we can interrupt that. We are the …

The Information Environment of 2017 – What to do and what not to do

You’d have to be living under the proverbial rock to not have read about the threats posed by nation-based actors attempting to undermine confidence in democratic societies. The seriousness of the threat is certainly debatable but the fact that it is occurring is not. Uncertainty, fear, tribalism, lambasting the increasingly globalized and connected world all …

Stratagem – The Chinese View

  [If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org]   Written by Rand Waltzman   Operations in cyber space can have many goals. The goal …

Speed, Volume, and Ubiquity: Forget Information Operations & Focus on the Information Environment

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Michael Williams US Army Information Operations officer, retired [Originally appeared in thestrategybridge.org, July 26, 2017] …

The Story Behind the DARPA Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) Program

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Rand Waltzman On July 14, 2011 – while I was a Program Manager at the …

How do we counter the rapid pace of false socially propagated information spread in the Internet?

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Fred Cohen (the man who originally coined the term “computer virus”) No solution is perfect, …

IO: From Describing Bark on Trees to Impacting the Forest

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Mike Williams I’ve been actively involved in this ‘IO thing’ for just a tad under …