Ideas as Weapons: Influence and Perception in Modern Warfare

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2009 - HISTORY - 458 pages
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The United States has struggled to define its approach to what has been called the "information battlefield" since the information era began. Yet with the outbreak of the war on terror, the United States has been violently challenged to take a position and react to the militants' use of emerging information technology. Ideological demigods operating against the United States now have unprecedented channels by which to disseminate their message to those targets who are uncertain, sympathetic, or actively supportive of their philosophy. From the caves of southeastern Afghanistan to the streets of Baghdad, "the message" has dominated the thinking of those who perpetrate horrific acts of violence, whether in the name of ideology, ethnic and sectarian partisanship, or religion. This anthology is divided into four sections: geopolitical, strategic, operational, and tactical. The geopolitical perspective covers world politics, diplomacy, and the elements of national power, excluding military force. The strategic view examines where the violence has begun and the military element of power. The operational perspective handles the campaigns to accomplish a specific purpose on the world stage--for example, as in the Iraq campaign. The tactical level takes the individual's role into account. Because the nexus of information conflict is most easily seen in the world's contemporary violent confrontations, this anthology reflects the experience and lessons learned by military personnel who have managed these difficult issues. With a foreword by Colonel H. R. McMaster, U.S. Army, the author of Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.
 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
US MILITARY RANKS
INTRODUCTION
Geopolitical
Information Blitzkrieg and Related Strategies
2The Limits of Military Information Strategies
Errors in Strategic Estimates
Operational
23Iraq and a Singular Enduring Information Failure
LowIntensity Conflict Doctrine and the Iraqi Scenario
25Are We Outsmarting Ourselves?
26Marines Are from Mars Iraqis Are from Venus
Intelligence Collection Analysis and Dissemination during Operation Iraqi Freedom
A Case Study in AggressiveInformation Operations

3Defining the War on Terror
4Information Warfare
5The Power of Weakness
A Mandate for the United States
The Imperative of Engaging a Conflicted Population
What Happens without Public Support?
International Law and Information Operations
Strategic
Observations from Soldiering in Iraq
10Thoughts on Journalism and the Military
Integrating National Power to Win in Iraq
12Maneuvering Against the Mind
13Clausewitzs Theory of War and Information Operations
More Than Technology
Is the Story Getting Out?
16In Defense of Military Public Affairs Doctrine
17Waging an Effective Strategic Communications Campaign in the War on Terror
An Overlooked Aspect of Information Operations
More Than a War of Ideas
20Telling the Afghan Military Story Their Way
Influencing More with Less
Losing the War of Perception in Vietnam 19601973
Strategic Debriefing in the Iraq Survey Group
30Insights from Colombias Prolonged War
The Special Operations Forces Indirect Approach
Tactical
An Iraqi National Police Battalion and Its Assigned US Transition Team
33But How Do I Do It? Tactical Information Operations and the Planning Process
The IO Plan
Information and Influence in SouthCentral Iraq
35The Massacre That Wasnt
36Census Operations and Information Management
37Frustration
Information Operations on the Ground in Iraq
Tactical IO in 2004 Iraq
40By Other Means
41Patrolling Ar Ramadi
42The Privatization of Victory
Fundamentals of CompanyLevel Counterinsurgency
INFORMATION IN CONFLICT
NOTES
INDEX
ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
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