Attribution in influence: relative power and the use of attribution
Redmond, Matthew G.
Busbey, Noah E. B.
Rothstein, Hy S.
Hammond, Jesse R.
MetadataShow full item record
The types of attribution for influence activities span a spectrum that includes true attribution, non-attribution, concurring partner attribution, and false attribution. The U.S. Department of Defense sits in a unique position among U.S. agencies, as it must remain capable of conducting influence activities across that spectrum. This includes activities such as public affairs, military information support operations, and military deception. While U.S. military doctrine clearly defines and delineates the various types of attribution for influence activities and messages, notably absent is when and how attribution should be used. There is also little scholarly literature that specifically explores the issue of attribution. Despite this dearth of information, an analysis of historical cases can help identify the conditions best suited for the various types of attribution. This thesis explores those cases and identifies relative power as a potential variable to determine attribution. It tests the hypothesis that false and non-attribution methods are most effective when in a relatively weak position, and as operational success and relative power are achieved, influence activities with true attribution become more effective.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Bernett, Brian C. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-12);American leaders face tough decisions about the role of biodefense in homeland security. Debate centers on U.S. preparedness for biological attack, but few if any have adequately defined "preparedness." This thesis defines ...
Use of Attribution and Forensic Science in Addressing Biological Weapon Threats: A Multi-Faceted Study Bidwell, Christopher A.; Bhatt, Kishan (Federation of American Scientists, 2016-02);The threat from the manufacture, proliferation, and use of biological weapons (BW) is a high priority concern for the U.S. Government. As reflected in U.S. Government policy statements and budget allocations, deterrence ...
Redmond, Matthew G.; Busbey, Noah E.B. (2017-11);Research Question: What conditions should inform the method of attribution in U.S. influence operations?