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Heads we win--the cognitive side of counterinsurgency (COIN) : RAND counterinsurgency study--paper 1

Author: David C Gompert; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.). Forces and Resources Policy Center.; Rand Corporation.; United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2007.
Series: Occasional paper.
Edition/Format:   Book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Current U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy has relied heavily on the use of force against Islamist insurgents-a tactic that has increased their ranks. What is needed instead are stronger cognitive capabilities that will enable more effective COIN against an elusive, decentralized, and highly motivated insurgency-capabilities that will enable the United States to "fight smarter." Cognitive COIN goes beyond  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David C Gompert; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.). Forces and Resources Policy Center.; Rand Corporation.; United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
ISBN: 9780833040213 0833040219 9780833042804 0833042807
OCLC Number: 367880639
Notes: "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
Description: xvii, 62 p. ; 28 cm.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: Introduction: Purpose, Scope, and Definitions --
The Mind as Central Front --
Reordering COIN Priorities --
Thoughts of the Jihad --
Closing the Gap --
Cognitive Requirements in Global COIN --
Cognitive Capabilities for COIN --
Conclusions: Investment and Reform --
Appendix: Investments and Measures to Enhance Cognitive COIN Capabilities.
Series Title: Occasional paper.
Responsibility: David C. Gompert.

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Current U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy has relied heavily on the use of force against Islamist insurgents-a tactic that has increased their ranks. What is needed instead are stronger cognitive capabilities that will enable more effective COIN against an elusive, decentralized, and highly motivated insurgency-capabilities that will enable the United States to "fight smarter." Cognitive COIN goes beyond information technology and encompasses comprehension, reasoning, and decisionmaking, the components that are most effective against an enemy that is quick to adapt, transform, and regenerate. Countering the challenges of a global insurgency demands the ability to understand it, shape popular attitudes about it, and act directly against it. The four cognitive abilities that are most important to COIN operations are anticipation, opportunism, decision speed, and learning in action, applied through rapid-adaptive decisionmaking. In 21st-century COIN, tight control and bureaucracy must yield to the power of networked intelligence, with each operative authorized to act, react, and adapt. With these notions as a backdrop, this paper offers concrete ideas for gaining the cognitive advantage in anticipating and countering the new global insurgency.

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