The Holistic Targeting (HOT) Methodology as the Means to Improve Information Operations (IO) Target Development and Prioritization
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Joint Publication 3-13 Information Operations IO states that both IO planning and targeting should be fully integrated with all joint planning and targeting efforts. However, this thesis research with IO Subject Matter Expertise SME on IO targeting and practice suggests the existence of a fracture in the integration process. The most challenging doctrinal, technical, and practical integration challenge stems from the second phase of the Joint Targeting Cycle Target Development Prioritization. In response to this challenge, this study proposes five recommendations to enhance IO integration into the Joint Targeting Cycle the use of interim IO Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual JMEM techniques to better forecast cognitive effects, the adoption of the Measure of Worth MOW model to assess IO effects, the HOT methodology to develop and prioritize IO targets, the use of compendium software facilitate targeting problem understanding and the network analysis tool, Palantir, as an efficient and tailored semi-automated means to holistically prioritize and develop targets.
- Information Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
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