We received the following article written by LTC Kevin Spielman.
“Over the past decade of conflict, the US Army has learned a lot about the importance of inform and influence activities (IIA). As the Army expands its training focus beyond Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and utilizes the decisive action training environment (DATE) to train for future conflicts, leaders must ensure that effective tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) learned in the past are retained and are incorporated within the DATE. Brigade combat teams (BCT) operating in the DATE must be able to analyze the information environment, integrate IIA into staff activities, and proactively use IIA to generate effects in the operational environment (OE) in support of the commander’s intent. This article addresses these factors, and provides TTPs that can be used to facilitate successful IIA.” Read more