Survey on Countering Influence Operations Highlights Steep Challenges, Great Opportunities

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Speaker(s): Smith, V. (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Date: 28 July 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Ms. Victoria Smith (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) as part of its SMA IIJO Speaker Series.   Ms. Smith stated that the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations’ (PCIO) mission is to grow the community of […]

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Key Elements of the 2021 Nuclear Posture Review

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Speaker(s): Péczeli, A. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Date: 21 July 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Note: We are aware that many government IT providers have blocked access to YouTube from government machines during the pandemic in response to bandwidth limitations. We recommend viewing the recording on YouTube from a non-government computer or […]

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Israel After Netanyahu: Anchored in a One-State Reality

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Speaker(s): Lustick, I. (University of Pennsylvania) Date: 22 July 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Note: We are aware that many government IT providers have blocked access to YouTube from government machines during the pandemic in response to bandwidth limitations. We recommend viewing the recording on YouTube from a non-government computer or listening […]

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Effective Communication: Lessons Learned From Those Outside the US Government and Military

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Author(s): Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc.); Popp, G. (NSI, Inc.) Summary Report Preview This report integrates key insights and lessons learned from the SMA IIJO effort about how those outside of the US government and military (i.e., non-government and private sector organizations) use messaging and communication to influence and inform. Ultimately, what emerges is a collection […]

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Operational Cyberpsychology: Adapting a Special Operations Model for Cyber Operations

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Author(s): Spitaletta, J. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory) Invited Perspective Preview This paper conceptualizes operational cyberpsychology as a field that supports missions intended to project power in and through cyberspace (Joint Staff, 2018) by leveraging and applying expertise in mental processes and behavior in the context of interaction amongst humans and machines (Norman, 2017). […]

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An Agenda for Disinformation Research

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Speaker(s): Garland, J. (Santa Fe Institute) Date: 20 July 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Recording Note: We are aware that many government IT providers have blocked access to YouTube from government machines during the pandemic in response to bandwidth limitations. We recommend viewing the recording on YouTube from a non-government computer or listening to the […]

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Cognitive Defense of the Joint Force in a Digitizing World

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Author(s): Wright, N. (Georgetown University, University College London (UCL), Intelligent Biology and New America) Report Preview How can we defend the humans in the Joint Force—and its key support networks—from adversarial information operations in our digitizing world? Service personnel, their families and friends are human. Adversaries and other destabilizing forces threaten to sow disruption amongst […]

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Strategic Influence: Applying the Principles of Unconventional Warfare in Peace

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Author(s): Jones, R. (United States Special Operations Command) Invited Perspective Preview “The most important aspect of our containment strategy is that it serves to contain ourselves,” former President Dwight Eisenhower reportedly observed after he had left office. Perhaps the greatest problem facing the United States in the post-Cold War era is not our waning ability […]

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Emerging Neuroscience and Technology (NeuroS/T): Current and Near-Term Risks and Threats to US—and Global—Biosecurity

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Author(s): Giordano, J. (Georgetown University; US Naval War College); DiEuliis, D. (National Defense University) Invited Perspective Preview There is increasing interest and effort in developing improved tools and methods through which political, military, and intelligence operations can influence the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns of peer competitors and adversaries. The brain sciences are affording new […]

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Narrative Intelligence: Separate Signal from Noise

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Speaker(s): Griffith, G. (EdgeTheory) Date: 15 July 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session Mr. Greg Griffith (Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, EdgeTheory) as a part of its SMA IIJO Speaker Series. EdgeTheory’s methodology and technology combines human analysis and artificial intelligence to help people understand the theories, conversations, and narratives that shape their world. […]

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