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What is Cognitive Warfare? (Russia, China, Iran, and Internal US)

What is cognitive war?

Cognitive warfare is a type of warfare that targets the mind, beliefs, and perceptions of individuals or groups. It involves the use of various tactics such as propaganda, disinformation, psychological manipulation, and other forms of influence to shape the opinions and behaviors of the target audience.

Cognitive warfare can be difficult to recognize as it often runs through subtle and indirect means. Signs that cognitive warfare may be occurring include:

  1. The spread of false or misleading information through social media or other channels.
  2. The use of emotionally charged language or imagery to influence public opinion.
  3. The promotion of extreme or polarizing views designed to create division and conflict.
  4. The use of fear or intimidation to control or manipulate individuals or groups.

To recognize cognitive warfare, it is important to stay informed and be critical of the information presented to you. Look for multiple sources of information, fact-check claims, and be aware of your own biases and assumptions. By staying vigilant and informed, we can better protect ourselves and our communities from the harmful effects of cognitive warfare.


There have been numerous reports and allegations of Russia using cyber psychological operations against the United States in recent years. Some of the tactics that have been attributed to Russia include:

  1. Social media manipulation: Russian operatives use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to spread false or misleading information, sow discord, and amplify divisive issues. They also create fake accounts and personas to manipulate public opinion.
  2. Hacking and data leaks: Russian hackers target political parties, government agencies, and other organizations in the United States to steal sensitive information and release it to the public. Russia uses leaks to embarrass or discredit individuals or organizations or to influence public opinion.
  3. Disinformation campaigns: Russian operatives spread false or misleading information through traditional media channels like television, radio, and online sources. This can include spreading conspiracy theories, promoting extremist views, and distorting the facts to suit their agenda.
  4. Cyber-attacks: Russian hackers launch cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure in the United States, such as power grids and water treatment facilities. These attacks disrupt services, cause damage, and create chaos.

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Russian Cognitive and Information Warfare Short Course Section 2 - Information Alibi

It is important to note that while there have been numerous allegations of Russian cyber psychological operations against the United States, not all these allegations have been proven. However, cyber psychological operations are a growing concern in today's interconnected world, and it is important for individuals and organizations to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves.


China use psychological operations (PSYOPs) against the United States in several ways. The tactics attributed to China include:

  1. Cyber espionage: Chinese hackers steal sensitive information from US government agencies and private companies. This information gains an advantage in negotiations or in developing innovative technologies.
  2. Propaganda: China uses state-controlled media to spread propaganda and influence public opinion in the United States. This can include promoting a positive image of China, downplaying human rights abuses, and criticizing US policies.
  3. Influence operations: Chinese operatives uses social media platforms to influence public opinion in the United States. This can include creating fake accounts and personas to spread false or misleading information and amplifying divisive issues to sow discord.
  4. Economic coercion: China uses economic coercion to influence US policy decisions. This can include threatening withholding trade or investment or using economic incentives to encourage certain actions.


Iran has been known to use influence operations against dissidents domestically and abroad. The tactics attributed to Iran include:

  1. Cyber espionage: Iranian hackers use phishing attacks and other tactics to steal sensitive information from dissidents and opposition groups. This information finds and targets individuals who are critical of the Iranian government.
  2. Propaganda: Iran uses state-controlled media to spread propaganda and influence public opinion. This can include promoting a positive image of the Iranian government, downplaying human rights abuses, and criticizing opposition groups.
  3. Surveillance and harassment: Iranian security forces use surveillance and harassment to intimidate dissidents and opposition groups. This can include monitoring phone calls, emails, and social media accounts and detaining and interrogating individuals who are critical of the government.
  4. Disinformation campaigns: Iranian operatives spread false or misleading information through social media and other channels to discredit dissidents and opposition groups. This can include spreading rumors, creating fake news stories, and using bots to amplify certain messages.

We see several methods of cognitive war in the United States. The most common tactics include:

  1. Disinformation: The spread of false or misleading information through social media, traditional media, and other channels. This can include conspiracy theories, fake news stories, and other forms of propaganda.
  2. Social media manipulation: The use of social media platforms to spread disinformation, amplify divisive issues, and sow discord. This can include using bots and fake accounts to manipulate public opinion.
  3. Polarization: Promoting extreme or polarizing views creates division and conflict. This can include the use of emotionally charged language, the demonization of opposing views, and the promotion of conspiracy theories.
  4. Psychological manipulation: The use of psychological tactics to influence public opinion and behavior. This can include using fear, anger, and other emotions to manipulate individuals and groups.
  5. Hacking and cyber-attacks: The use of hacking and cyber-attacks to steal sensitive information, disrupt services, and cause damage. This can include attacks on critical infrastructure, government agencies, and private companies.

Important to note

While these methods of cognitive war are often associated with foreign actors, domestic groups and individuals also use them. Individuals and organizations should be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves from the harmful effects of cognitive war.

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Brief - Cognitive Warfare Actions in Ukraine - A Russian viewpoint

Information about the latest forms and methods of organizing and conducting information operations in the conditions of the war in Ukraine can be used in the work of state bodies, responsible for organizing a systemic counteraction to information aggression of foreign states, and will also be useful to political scientists, political technologists and specialists in counteracting destructive political technologies.

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Students will learn methods of deception to deceive adversaries, distraction tactics, content creation for distrust, as well as methods of deployment. These methods are included in student created cognitive campaigns that are continuous from multiple vectors. Students will learn cognition of targets while understanding worlds of social media, information, intelligence, and other online vectors. We also cover the issues associated with measuring campaign effectiveness and influence analysis. We will cover concepts in Cognitive Warfare, Gray Zone Tactics, Disinformation, Influence Operations, Information Operations, Color Revolutions, Neuro-Linguistic Program, Private Intelligence Firms, and more. New dates and locations to be announced this quarter.

Course lectures demonstrate browser setup (extensions/plug-ins/add-ins) for operational security, multiple browser configurations and containers for the alignment to and tracking of personas. Students learn how to test browsers for leakage. Students will use virtual machines, download, and install ChatGPT, train the AI module on their data stores, and incorporate updated content during hands-on course case studies. We now included AI into our content analysis and stores while working to build automated hypothesis generators outside our own capabilities. We are also working to incorporate automated intelligence analysis that incorporates structured analytic technique methods. Our final effort includes AI assistance in writing analytic reports. Students may use the AI tools over their data stores to help in:

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    The Treadstone 71 Service for Influence OperationsCounter campaign development

    Identify operational content to define the narrative(s) while examining imagery and the feelings created by such.
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Influence Operations Detection, Analysis, and Countering

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  • Identify operational content to define the narrative(s) while examining imagery and the feelings created by such.
  • Identify potential emotions, instincts, reflexes, and passions intended to exploit.
  • Review content for lies, lander, intermixing of facts, possible conspiracy theories, and contradictory version
Russian Cyber Warfare Brief - The Russian Cyber Army

Russian Cyber Warfare - The Russian Cyber Army - KILLNET / Xaknet

  • Details and organizational chart of Russian Cyber Militia actors in cyberspace.
Chinese Cognitive Warfare Methods

China is also removing negative historical narratives unsuitable to its interests and rooted in old stereotypes. At the same time, China amplifies its achievements as justified, given historical imperial Chinese leadership combined with current global strength. One such industry is the entertainment business and particularly Hollywood. China does not hide its investment strategies, as evidenced by the Belts and Roads initiative. Notice the investments in movies with an influx of production companies and characters all showing China as a hero as part of the movie funding requirements.

Iranian details of hybrid operations and cognitive warfare actions by Iran

“Iranian intelligence uses social media to threaten and impersonate dissident groups, blatantly violating platform rules. Known intelligence operators openly working in cyberspace use social media for command and control,” stated Jeff Bardin, Chief Intelligence Officer at Treadstone 71.

ISIS Online Organization Chart with Technical Listing

Details on the Islamic State and their online organization chart based on their information taken from within their forms and social media channels.

Russia Release Detailed Propaganda Instructions to Manipulate Ukrainian Nationals

Kremlin propagandists have prepared a specialized 14-page publication for supporters of "Russian peace" in Ukraine: "Handbook for Ukrainian citizens on organizing resistance to the Kyiv puppet government."

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