During this episode, Dr. Jan Kallberg and COL Stephen Hamilton of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point discuss their recent article, “How To Protect Troops From An Assault In The Cognitive Domain.” After reviewing some historical examples where the will to fight influenced decisively military outcomes, Jan and Stephen discuss how information is likely being used in a modern version of battlefield prep–eroding the will to fight both in the military and across the homeland. Then, they mention some leading indicators to be on the lookout for which might suggest the will to fight is weakening and they articulate some cognitive force protection considerations including privacy concerns and misinformation training.
Dr. Jan Kallberg is a Research Scientist with the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, and an Assistant Professor in Political Science with the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. Before joining the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, he was a researcher with the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, the University of Texas at Dallas, working for Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham. Dr. Kallberg earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and holds a J.D. from the University of Stockholm.
COL Stephen Hamilton is a Cyber officer and former Information System Management officer and former Signal officer. He has held numerous command and staff assignments at the tactical and operation unit levels as well as with the Joint Staff. Stephen is currently the Technical Director of the Army Cyber Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Auburn University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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