Shifting Fire: Information Effects in Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations -- A Workshop Report   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary: "IO [Information Operations] is (or at least should be) the main effort tactically, operationally and strategically in the current phase of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). At the global level, this effort is about winning the 'war of ideas.' At the theater level, the task is to combat asymmetrical adversaries, while establishing security, transforming the basis of government and extending the legitimacy of host nations. [...] This report represents the findings of a three-day workshop - 'Information Operations and Winning the Peace' - which brought together an international group of some 60 IO practitioners from the military, national security and intelligence communities, as well as Middle East subject matter experts (SMEs). The workshop used case studies drawn from the Israeli-Palestinian experience (the second Intifada phase) as a 'jumping off' point for discussion of IO intentions and effects at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. The case study debates yielded 13 'takeaways' with general significance for thinking about the informational dimensions of power in COIN [counterinsurgency]. Participants built out from the Israeli-Palestinian context to address issues and challenges around 'informational effects' that are facing the U.S. military and coalition members in current theaters of operation. Their main observations, conclusions and issues requiring further consideration are captured in this report."

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Information Operations and Winning the Peace Workshop. U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. November 29 - December 1, 2005
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