Mission Accomplished! Or Not A Study about Success in Information Operations
Iatrou, Steven J.
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This study has analyzed success in information operations what it is and how it is determined. The research was carried out as a literature study and is limited to encompassing the military part of information operations. The main sources have been U.S., British and Swedish information operations doctrines. Success in information operations is discussed from two perspectives the evaluative and the predictive. According to doctrines, success from an evaluative perspective is determined by measuring post-action effects on the target. It is problematic to determine success from the predictive perspective. This conclusion is based on the lack of analytical tools and/or processes to determine the effort needed, and the current lack of procedures to coherently connect operational objectives with tactical tasks in the information environment. In order to pursue this beyond the initial results of the thesis, success in the maritime domain is briefly analyzed and the outcome of the analysis is adjusted and applied to the information environment. Several areas are presented where the adjusted concept of operations could benefit the information environment; the most significant improvement would be the ability to predict probability of success prior to an operation. Lastly, directions for further studies are presented.
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