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Early-career officers in tactical units must understand and operate in an increasingly complex information environment. Poor communication with command-level decisionmakers and errors in judgment can be costly in the face of sophisticated adversary capabilities and while operating among civilian populations. There are few opportunities for formal education and training to help officers prepare for operations in the information environment (OIE), and it can be difficult to know how to employ the tactics, techniques, and procedures of tactical-level maneuver-focused operations in support of OIE-related capabilities and activities. With its quick-reference format and series of illustrative vignettes, this handbook is intended to facilitate tactical problem-solving and increase officers' awareness of when and how they can contribute to the goals of OIE.

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