Using Cultural Belief Sets in Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield

Karabaich, B. and Pfautz, J.

Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin (April – June 2006)

This article outlines a conceptual framework which supports the visualization and clustering of the group structural influences and belief sets that influence group behavior (e.g., via various computational representations). It enables a intelligence analyst to rapidly develop a picture of groups with very different belief sets and value systems than our own, refine that picture, and determine how the behaviors those beliefs influence can be used to either assist his commander in the accomplishment of his mission or be minimized if they do not. In the process, it contributes to more focused intelligence collection planning and the development of refined Information Operations (IO) campaigns.

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