Foundations of Effective Influence Operations: A Framework for Enhancing Army Capabilities

Foundations of Effective Influence Operations: A Framework for Enhancing Army Capabilities

Foundations of Effective Influence Operations: A Framework for Enhancing Army Capabilities

Foundations of Effective Influence Operations: A Framework for Enhancing Army Capabilities

Synopsis

The authors aim to assist the U.S. Army in understanding influence operations, capabilities that may allow the United States to effectively influence the attitudes and behavior of particular foreign audiences while minimizing or avoiding combat. The book identifies approaches, methodologies, and tools that may be useful in planning, executing, and assessing influence operations.

Excerpt

Since the end of the Cold War, there has been growing interest in improving the nation’s ability to employ various forms of “soft power”— capabilities that might allow the United States to effectively influence the attitudes and behavior of particular foreign audiences while minimizing or avoiding combat entirely. The present study was undertaken to assist the U.S. Army in understanding “influence operations” and to identify approaches, methodologies, models, and tools that may be useful in planning, executing, and assessing influence operations.

This research was sponsored by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC’s) Futures Center. It was conducted in the RAND Arroyo Center’s Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. RAND Arroyo Center, part of the RAND Corporation, is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.

Please direct any comments or additional information to the principal investigator, Eric V. Larson, at 310.393.0411 extension 7467 or Eric_Larson@rand.org.

The Project Unique Identification Code (PUIC) for the project that produced this document is DAPRR05007.

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