Developing an IO Environmental Assessment in Khost Province, Afghanistan
Bebber, Robert J.
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"Information Operations [IO] traditionally suffer from a lack of available metrics by which planners can assess their environment and measure the effectiveness of their programs. This often places IO practitioners at a distinct disadvantage when attempting to gain the confidence of unit commanders, who are tasked with allocating scarce battlefield resources and who are often skeptical of Information Operations as a whole. This project was an attempt to develop an Information Operations Environmental Assessment tool that can be utilized and replicated at the unit level (battalion or less) for use by planners in order to establish an initial benchmark (where am I?) and measure progress toward achieving the IO program goals and objectives (where do I want to go?) The Provincial Reconstruction Team in Khost province, Afghanistan, needed a tool by which the leadership could benchmark current conditions and evaluate the information environment under which the population lived. It was believed that such a tool could provide clues whether our IO (and overall PRT) efforts were having the intended effect."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Fall 2009), v.3 no.3
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