Accession Number:

ADA544900

Title:

Re-integrating Influence and Cyber Operations

Descriptive Note:

Graduate research project

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

The art of influence operations as a subset to information operations as well as personnel that practice influence operations for the military have been doctrinally removed from conducting cyber operations. With the openness that the military has created to social networking as a tool for soldiers, the fact that many of the greatest cyber espionage tactics involve a form of influence operations tactic, often in the form of social engineering, to gain, maintain and exploit networks. Continued ignorance in this subject area will lead to exploitable vulnerabilities as well as reduce the military capability to utilize potential attack vectors. This research presents the reasons behind the separation, and a methodology for getting the two independent operational capabilities to re-integrate, and justifies this as the first step towards a Virtual Intelligence, Surveillance, and ReconnaissanceVISR capability.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE