Information Warfare

Methods to Counter Disinformation

Published in: Defense & Security Analysis (2022). doi: 10.1080/14751798.2022.2117285

Posted on RAND.org on September 08, 2022

by Andrew Dowse, Sascha Dov Bachmann

Read More

Access further information on this document at Taylor & Francis Online

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

The information age has transformed society by allowing people to interact digitally, yet it enables motivated actors to use mass influence to further their political objectives. The struggle against disinformation requires an appreciation of how a disinformation effect can be achieved in order to counter it. We consider the nature of disinformation and its use in the hybrid warfare domain, before examining the problem through frames of planning approach, truth theory, systems thinking, and military strategy. These approaches are informative in developing counter-strategies and we specifically identify the concept of kill chains as a useful framework to assist in the disinformation challenge.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.