Information Operations

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Information operations and warfare, also known as influence operations, includes the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. RAND research has enabled military leaders and policymakers to develop strategies and policy frameworks to address the challenges of these military operations.

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    Research Brief

    Improving Intelligence Support for Operations in the Information Environment

    Dec 17, 2020

    Challenges to effective intelligence support for operations in the information environment (OIE) can be addressed by improving processes, prioritizing support for OIE, training and educating personnel, and optimally allocating personnel.

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    Countering Russia's Malign and Subversive Information Efforts

    Aug 16, 2021

    Information aggression is increasing in frequency and intensity. Russia, in particular, uses messaging and intimidation in its efforts to influence multiple actors and countries. As frequent targets, how can the United States and its European allies defend themselves?

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    William Marcellino

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Krystyna Marcinek

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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    Miriam Matthews

    Associate Director, Workforce, Development, and Health Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, Claremont Graduate University

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    Caitlin McCulloch

    Education B.A. in government, Cornell University; B.A. in China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell University; M.A. in government and politics, University of Maryland; Ph.D. in government and politics, University of Maryland-College Park

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    Brian Mills

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in physics, Florida State University; B.S. in applied and computational mathematics, Florida State University

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    Christopher Paul

    Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Marek N. Posard

    Military Sociologist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, University of Maryland; M.A. in political science, Loyola University Chicago; B.A. in political science, Loyola University Chicago

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    Hilary Reininger

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution, George Mason University; B.A. in Middle East studies and Arabic, Brigham Young University

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    Benjamin J. Sacks

    Associate Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in history, Princeton University; M.A. in history, Princeton University; B.A. in history, Tufts University

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    Michael Schwille

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international development studies, George Washington University; B.A. in history, University of Pittsburgh

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    Linda Slapakova

    Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in international relations, St Antony's College, University of Oxford; B.A. in international affairs (European peace and security studies), Vesalius College, Brussels

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    Erik Van Hegewald

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in astronautical engineering/applied math, United States Air Force Academy

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    Anthony Vassalo

    Intelligence Community Portfolio Lead, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior International/Defense Policy Researcher
    Education B.S., U.S. Military Academy; M.A. in history, Duke; A.L.M. in management, Harvard

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    Padmaja Vedula

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education M.I.P.P. in American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in computer science, Andhra University; M.S. in computer applications, National Institute of Technology, India

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    Jonathan Welch

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international relations and international economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.E. in marine engineering, State University of New York Maritime College

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    Tom Wingfield

    International/Defense Researcher, Sr
    Education M.A. in law, Georgetown University; J.D in law, Georgetown University; B.A. in history, Georgia State University