COURSE # ROO-488
INFORMATION OPERATIONS PLANNING – Principles, Methodologies and Techniques
...a broad, comprehensive coverage of Information Operations Planning Concepts, Methodologies and Techniques by the author of the ground-breaking book...
We are engaged in a persistent conflict in the realm of information that encompasses all aspects of modern life. From the Idea Battlespace, where messages compete for attention and acceptance, to cyberspace where electronic agents engage in mutual detection, deception and exploitation. These environments are still less familiar to planners than traditional military operations or even traditional security operations. This introductory course in Information Operations Planning introduces the key features that make IO planning different from traditional planning, and presents the necessary attributes required of IO professionals to be able to survive and thrive in this conflict environment. The textbook for this course, written by the course instructor, has also been selected as the text for the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom's Information Operations Postgraduate Certification Course, and sections of the text are being used at selected U.S. military institutions.
Applications and benefits:
You will benefit by enhancing your understanding of the:
- The key features that make IO planning different from traditional planning.
- The necessary attributes of an IO Professional.
- The concepts of offensive IO planning.
- Techniques for overcoming bias in broadcast messages.
- Why Military Deception and Operations Security should be planned and monitored together.
- The principles of computer network defense.
- The key features of future conflicts.
Who should attend:
Availability of, and a free access to, Cyberspace for friends and foes alike, open this critical domain to hostile activities that must be understood and protected. Moreover, the Idea Battlespace involves a persistent 24/7 contest for hearts and minds. This course outlines, explains and guides to solutions, offering invaluable information for military and civilian personnel who are Planners, Warfighters, Engineers, System Designers, Analysts and all others who participate in, and/or need to understand Information Operation (IO) Planning. Some knowledge of current military terminology and concepts would be useful for purposes of comparison, but not required.
- From recent history to the present time and conflicts
- The role IO plays before, during, and after the conflict
- Historical and more recent examples of IO
- Why IO Planning is important
- IO realities in the Information Age
- Virtually dimensionless – distance is mostly irrelevant in cyberspace
- Economically vital – vast benefits and growing dependency
- Vulnerabilities to National Security – the Infrastructure / Electric grid, Water, Transportation, etc.
- Measures taken to scope the problem E CNCI, Cyber Czar, Cyber Command, DHS
- What's different in IO planning and why must we think differently?
- The key features that make IO planning different
- The attributes of an effective IO professional
- How will these features affect the design and implementation of the IO Planning Tool?
- Offensive IO planning
- Defining the set of options
- Creating the "Blue" Capabilities Matrix
- Visualizing the political constraints on IO
- Using Cause and Effect networks
- The need for and use of Reachback in IO planning
- Influence Operations
- Understanding and categorizing message purposes
- Defining and using the Idea Battlespace
- Getting and maintaining attention
- Two-party and 3rd-party messages
- Overcoming bias in broadcast messages
- Defining the base of power of local actors
- Planning for shifting allegiances
- Defensive IO Planning
- Why and how military deception and operations security should be planned together
- The seven principles of Computer Network Defense
- Recent high-visibility cases in CND
- Planning for the Future
- The key features of the future of conflict
- How to tell when you are in a revolution in concepts and capabilities
- Features of a Domain
- How Domains evolve over time
- Planning and organizing for operating in a "New Age"
Information Operations Planning, by Patrick D. Allen (Artech House Publishers, 2006).
About the Instructor
Dr. Patrick D. Allen is an Information Operations Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is a visiting lecturer at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and has also presented sections of this course at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Canadian Royal Military College, and the International Symposium on Military Operational Research. He is a retired full Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and a graduate of both the Army War College and the Air War College. Dr. Allen has been an international consultant for the United Kingdom, Canada, and Sweden, and is widely published in the field of information operations and modeling and simulation. He has a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. and PhD in Operations Research, and a second Masters in Strategic Studies. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and is a former Director of the Military Operations Research Society.
Course: ROO-488 Duration: 2 Days FEE: $1,299 CEUs: 1.44
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Last modified May 19, 2014.