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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Zellen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785952

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.001.0001

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Developing an IO Environmental Assessment in Khost Province, Afghanistan

Developing an IO Environmental Assessment in Khost Province, Afghanistan

Information Operations at Provincial Reconstruction Team Khost in 2008

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(p.196) 8 Developing an IO Environmental Assessment in Khost Province, Afghanistan
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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency
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Robert J. Bebber

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.003.0009

Traditionally Information Operations (IO) suffers from a lack of available metrics by which planners can assess their environment and measure the effectiveness of their programs. Unit commanders, who are tasked with allocating scarce resources, are often skeptical of information operations as whole due to these deficiencies. The IO assessment tool has a variety of uses that improves the available metrics; gives a commander a quantifiable view of where the population might be in terms of a broad domain, provides clues to possible non- kinetic tactical options to support the overall strategy of improving popular belief in the legitimacy of the host government, provides constant variations in why specific tribes, villages, or districts may have different perception of conditions, provides commanders with data on how the conditions have changed over time. In sum, the IO assessment tool can provide a unit commander a quantifiable view of the effect of their operations.

Keywords:   information operations (IO), IO assessment tool, IO environment assessment tool, provincial reconstruction team (PRT)

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