By Eric V. Larson, Derek Eaton, Brian Nichiporuk, Thomas S. Szayna
Offers an analytic framework and strategy for the intelligence research of abnormal struggle (IW) environments which can function the root for IW intelligence curriculum improvement efforts. Defines IW when it comes to stylized events: population-centric (such as counterinsurgency) and counterterrorism. offers a close overview of IW-relevant safety coverage and technique files and an inventory of appropriate doctrinal guides.
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S. S. S. Bureau of the Census; DOS INR/Oﬃce of Research opinion research reports, and other polling; the United Nations, World Bank, and IMF; and the Statesman’s Yearbook and Europa Yearbook. 2 Geospatially Oriented Aspects of the Information Domain of the Operating Environment Most dynamic Information Mass media Other info channels Cognitive/Behavioral Behaviors and events Info consumption, etc. Attitudes and beliefs Culture Political/Administrative Information Boundaries Organizations Networks People Location Demographics Sect, tribe, etc.
Here, the analyst builds on the earlier steps by adding detail about key characteristics of each stakeholder, be it an individual or a group. At the highest level, these characteristics include the stakeholder’s basic worldview, historical or cultural narrative, motivations, and views on key issues in contention; the importance or salience of the conﬂict or issue in dispute to the stakeholder; aims, objectives, preferred outcomes, and strategy; and morale, discipline, and internal cohesion or factionalization.
For a review of recent policy and strategy documents that address IW, see Appendix A. 26 NMSP-WOT, 2/06, p. 9. , Multi-National Corps–Iraq). 36 Assessing Irregular Warfare: A Framework for Intelligence Analysis centric IW environments discussed earlier. For example, terrorism— the terrorizing of a civilian population—is an extreme form of coercing and inﬂuencing a government or population, the success of which is susceptible to analysis using the framework for population-centric IW situations. Put another way, like insurgents, terrorists compete for the support or compliance of the larger population: Extremists use terrorism—the purposeful targeting of ordinary people—to produce fear to coerce or intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of political, religious, or ideological goals.