01 Feb '13, 3pm

New Army manual on "inform and influence activities"

Army Manual Highlights Role of “Inform and Influence Activities” February 1st, 2013 by Steven Aftergood The use of information-related tools to support military operations and to help shape their outcome is discussed in a newly updated Army manual on what are now called “Inform and Influence Activities.” Inform and influence activities (or IIA) refers to “the integration of designated information-related capabilities in order to synchronize themes, messages, and actions with operations to inform United States and global audiences, influence foreign audiences, and affect adversary and enemy decisionmaking.” In some circumstances, the manual says, information operations can play a decisive role. “Activities occurring in, through, or by means of the information environment have a consequential effect on an operational environment and can impact military operations and outcome...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2013/02/inform_influence....

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