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Cognitive Warfare – The Innovation Hub

Published November 2020

As global conflicts take on increasingly asymmetric and “grey” forms, the ability to manipulate the human mind employing neurocognitive science techniques and tools is constantly and quickly increasing. This complements the more traditional techniques of manipulation through information technology and information warfare, making the human increasingly targeted in the cognitive warfare. 

Any user of modern information technologies is a potential target. It targets the whole of a nation’s human capital.

Cognitive Warfare, June-November 2020, p. 6

Original: https://www.innovationhub-act.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/20210122_CW%20Final.pdf

Archive: http://archive.today/2021.10.21-043819/https://www.innovationhub-act.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/20210122_CW%20Final.pdf

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Dynamic Security Threats and the British Army – General Sir Nicholas Carter, RUSI

Published 22 January 2018

We also, though, need to continue to improve our ability to fight on this new battlefield, and I think it’s important that we build on the excellent foundation we’ve created for Information Warfare through our 77 Brigade which is now giving us the capability to compete in the war of narratives at the tactical level. And as David Patrikarakos put it in his recently published book ‘War in 140 Characters’, in which he observes on the war in Ukraine:

“… I was caught up in two wars: one fought on the ground with tanks and artillery, and an information war fought largely, though not exclusively, through social media. And counter intuitively, it mattered more who won the war of words and narratives than who had the most potent weaponry.”

He also observed that: “social media is throwing up digital supermen: hyper-connected and hyper-empowered online individuals” and I’d like a few of those in 77 Brigade, please.

https://web.archive.org/web/20200101114031/https://rusi.org/event/dynamic-security-threats-and-british-army

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Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm – GOV.UK

The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) has worked in partnership with the German Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning to understand the future implications of human augmentation (HA), setting the foundation for more detailed Defence research and development.

The project incorporates research from German, Swedish, Finnish and UK Defence specialists to understand how emerging technologies such as genetic engineering, bioinformatics and the possibility of brain-computer interfaces could affect the future of society, security and Defence. The ethical, moral and legal challenges are complex and must be thoroughly considered, but HA could signal the coming of a new era of strategic advantage with possible implications across the force development spectrum.

HA technologies provides a broad sense of opportunities for today and in the future. There are mature technologies that could be integrated today with manageable policy considerations, such as personalised nutrition, wearables and exoskeletons. There are other technologies in the future with promises of bigger potential such as genetic engineering and brain-computer interfaces. The ethical, moral and legal implications of HA are hard to foresee but early and regular engagement with these issues lie at the heart of success.

Original: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/human-augmentation-the-dawn-of-a-new-paradigm

Archive: http://archive.today/2021.09.12-013335/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/human-augmentation-the-dawn-of-a-new-paradigm

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