Accession Number:

ADA558183

Title:

The Cognitive Battlefield: A Framework for Strategic Communications

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

Over the past 10 years, addressing what Strategic Communications is has been a challenge for the military community. It is at times referred to as a process, referred to in the context of the strategic level of war, and referred to in the context of anyone communicating at any level. The joint community has provided a definition of Strategic Communications and there has been a large amount of non-doctrinal discussion, but very little substance other than the recognition of the need to synchronize actions. Terms like inform, influence, and persuade are referred to, but they have never been doctrinally defined, leaving their interpretation up to each individual. This paper proposes a communication framework under which the military practitioner can visualize and verbalize the intended cognitive effects desired upon a specified audience. It utilizes a modified version of John Boyds OODA-Loop, combined with a classic communication model, to visually depict the cognitive process that occurs with the introduction of new information from one individual to the desired effect that is intended upon another. It also constructs a framework borrowed from the Field Artillery Task-Purpose-Method-Effect construct and applies the framework to three case studies. The cognitive model proposed meets the intent of the 2011 U.S. National Security Strategy, which calls for a better understanding of attitudes, opinions, grievances, and concerns of others to develop better plans.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE