Combat Assessment of Non-Lethal Fires: The Applicability of Complex Modeling to Measure the Effectiveness of Information Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Military forces conduct information operations against one of the most complex, adaptive systems the human mind. Linear thought processes, prevalent in the military, correspond to, and understand well, the linear mathematics that measure the effects of lethal fires. They do not lend themselves well to the thinking necessary for understanding the effects of non-lethal fires on the complex adaptive system of the human mind. While each of the capabilities of information operations IO has individual Measures of Effectiveness MOE, the cumulative effects they achieve, once integrated and synchronized in IO, are not simply a sum of each of the capabilities MOE. Nevertheless, these non-lethal systems, synchronized in information operations, must have predictive effects in order for commanders to employ them with confidence. Therein lies the problem comprehensive MOE for information operations do not exist.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics