The Weaponization of Information | Rand Waltzman, testmony 2017-04-27

Rand Waltzman; The Weaponization of Information; CT-473; Rand Corporation; 2017-04-27; 10 pages; landing.
Teaser: The Need for Cognitive Security

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity on 2017-04-27.



  • Take the population and break it down into communities, based on any number of criteria (e.g. hobbies, interests, politics, needs, concerns, etc.).
  • Determine who in each community is most susceptible to given types of messages.
  • Determine the social dynamics of communication and flow of ideas within each community.
  • Determine what narratives of different types dominate the conversation in each community.
  • Use all of the above to design and push a narrative likely to succeed in displacing a narrative unfavorable to you with one that is more favorable.
  • Use continual monitoring and interaction to determine the success of your effort and adjust in real time.



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Christopher Paul, Miriam Matthews; The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model; PE-108-OSD; Rand Corporation; 2016; 16 pages (landscape, like slideware); landing.
Teaser: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It

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