Treadstone 71 Cognitive Warfighter

"Cyber operations, psyops, and cognitive warfare form a triad of digital mastery, serving as the shield and sword in cyber defense. They weave a tapestry of resilience and deception, where every byte becomes a battleground and every message a maneuver in the mind. In this arena, the keenest weapon is not the code that infiltrates, but the strategy that influences, turning adversaries' strengths into vulnerabilities and shaping perceptions to guard against the unseen threats of the digital domain."

Chinese, Russian, and Iranian Cyber Operations, Cognitive Warfare, APTs, and STEMPLES Plus Analysis Training

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This training course isn't just another program; it's a comprehensive experience designed to equip you with the cutting-edge knowledge required in today's cyber landscape. Here's what you can expect:

  1. AI Integration: Benefit from the practical application of tools like ChatGPT and other leading AI solutions, providing hands-on experience leveraging artificial intelligence for intelligence and counterintelligence efforts.
  2. Core Intelligence Lifecycle Modules: Delve into the foundational aspects of intelligence, exploring methodologies and processes vital to the analysis, collection, and dissemination of actionable insights.
  3. Global Perspectives: Understand cognitive warfare methods employed by significant state actors, including Russia, China, and Iran. This insight offers a deep understanding of varying tactics, allowing you to anticipate and counter potential threats.
  4. Risk-Reduced OPSEC Methods: Learn innovative approaches to operational security, minimizing risk, and enhancing the effectiveness of your intelligence operations.
  5. Information Warfare Training: Engage in a comprehensive exploration of information warfare, including the principles, techniques, and strategies to recognize and respond to this evolving threat landscape.
  6. Access to Advanced Tools and Techniques: Acquire hands-on knowledge in utilizing and understanding ransomware and DDoS tools and techniques. Though these will be examined from a defensive standpoint, understanding the offensive capabilities of these tools ensures a well-rounded perspective.

Join us at Treadstone 71 and immerse yourself in a course that offers far more than mere information. It's an invitation to mastery in the evolving world of cyber warfare. Don't miss this chance to enhance your skills and safeguard against the ever-changing threats of the digital age. Contact us today to discover the specials and embark on this transformative journey.

The Treadstone 71 Intelligence Analysis OpenAI Method

What is this tool?

The Treadstone 71 Intel Analysis Method is an advanced intelligence analysis platform designed to aid in the comprehensive understanding and interpretation of complex data sets in the context of cyber intelligence. It integrates in-depth analytical capabilities and methodologies to provide deep insights into cyber threats and strategic trends.

Key Features:

  1. Comprehensive Analysis: Utilizes various data sources to provide a detailed analysis of intelligence information.
  2. Structured Analytic Techniques (SATS): Offers a range of SATs to approach intelligence from multiple perspectives.
  3. Critical Thinking: Integrates modules to enhance reasoning skills, understand cognitive biases, and apply intellectual rigor.
  4. STEMPLES Plus Framework: Incorporates the STEMPLES Plus framework for strategic intelligence analysis, focusing on social, technical, economic, military, political, legal, educational, and security factors, along with additional indicators like demographics and psychological aspects.
  5. Analytic Writing Integration: Facilitates the creation of comprehensive intelligence reports with clarity and precision.

What It Can Do:

  • Synthesize and Analyze Data: Efficiently processes and analyzes large volumes of data to identify patterns, trends, and strategic insights.
  • Enhance Decision-Making: Provides actionable intelligence to aid in strategic decision-making processes.
  • Reduce Cognitive Biases: Helps in recognizing and mitigating cognitive biases in intelligence analysis.
  • Customizable Analysis: Tailors the analysis to target entities' specific geopolitical and sociocultural contexts.
  • Scenario Development: Supports the creation of scenarios based on evidence to guide strategic planning.

What It Cannot Do:

  • Make Decisions: It does not make autonomous decisions but supports decision-making with analyzed data.
  • Predict the Future: While it can forecast trends, it cannot predict future events with absolute certainty.
  • Substitute Human Judgement: The tool complements but does not replace human analysts' nuanced understanding and critical judgment.
  • Guarantee Data Accuracy: The output accuracy depends on the input data quality.

The Treadstone 71 Intel Analysis Method is a sophisticated tool for intelligence analysts, cyber threat researchers, and strategic planners. It enhances the ability to understand complex cyber environments, aiding in proactively identifying threats and strategically planning cyber defenses. By integrating comprehensive analysis techniques, critical thinking, and the STEMPLES Plus framework, it offers a robust platform for nuanced and in-depth intelligence analysis.

How to Use the Tool:

  1. Getting Started: We greet users with an intuitive dashboard upon accessing the methods tool. Familiarize yourself with the layout and available modules: Forming an Intelligence Pattern, Evaluation, Analysis, Data Provenance, Structured Analytic Techniques (SATS), and Critical Thinking.
  2. Input Data: Begin by inputting the data you wish to analyze. Your data may include various intelligence inputs such as texts, reports, datasets, and the like.
  3. Selecting Analysis Methods:
    • Pattern Formation: Use this module to identify patterns and trends in your data. It helps in synthesizing and integrating facts to form comprehensive intelligence patterns.
    • Evaluation and Analysis: Leverage these features for a deep dive into your data, evaluating its reliability and analyzing it for actionable insights.
    • Data Provenance: Verify the source and authenticity of your information here.
    • Structured Analytic Techniques: Choose from various SATs to approach your data from different analytical perspectives.
  4. Critical Thinking: Engage with this module to apply reasoning checklists, explore cognitive biases, and practice Socratic questioning. This module is crucial for ensuring a thorough and unbiased analysis.
  5. Interpreting Results: After the analysis, the methods tool provides synthesized information. Use the guidelines to interpret these results accurately.
  6. Report Generation: Use the reporting features to compile and disseminate your findings clearly, concisely, and effectively.

Best Practices:

  • Regularly update your understanding of the tool's features.
  • Continuously verify and cross-check data for accuracy.
  • Use the Critical Thinking module to challenge assumptions and biases.

Support and Feedback:

  • Utilize available training materials and tutorials.
  • Contact customer support for technical issues or queries.
  • Provide feedback for continuous improvement of the tool.

Remember, the Treadstone 71 Analysis Tool is a sophisticated aid in intelligence analysis, but its effectiveness is maximized when used by skilled analysts who can interpret its outputs within the broader context of their intelligence objectives. Please send us comments and feedback at info AT treadstone71 DOT com

AI Infused Counterintelligence

Our Counterintelligence Training includes AI Infused modules:

Integrating AI into Cyber Intelligence Training: A Game-Changer

Enhanced Curriculum Adaptation:

AI uses vast educational data to personalize training modules according to a learner's needs. Whether focusing on cyber warfare, disinformation tactics, or open-source intelligence, AI adjusts the course content dynamically, enabling more effective learning.

Real-Time Simulations and Scenarios:

Imagine training scenarios that evolve in real time based on world events. AI algorithms could simulate real-time influence operations, cyber-attacks, or disinformation campaigns, offering students practical experience in mitigating and understanding contemporary threats.

AI-Powered Analytical Tools:

From deep fakes to misinformation, the course topics involve complex data analysis. AI assists in speeding up this process by automatically detecting patterns and anomalies in vast data sets. AI analysis saves time and allows students to focus more on strategy and interpretation rather than getting bogged down in data.

Dynamic Social Media Analysis:

Understanding social media dynamics is critical in today's cyber landscape. AI provides real-time sentiment analysis and trend prediction on social platforms, a feature crucial in understanding the "gray zone" of operations, destabilization tactics, and counterintelligence.

Cognitive Warfare & Psychological Analysis:

Using AI, the course includes a module that applies machine learning to social psychology and personality theories, allowing for more advanced understanding and simulations of how cognitive warfare and propaganda impact different personality types.

Fact-Checking and Disinformation Analysis:

AI can automatically sift through news sources, detect deep fakes, and flag disinformation, teaching students to identify manipulation tactics swiftly, and is an invaluable tool in the training modules focusing on media manipulation, fake news, and echo chambers.

Collaborative Learning and Group Discussion:

AI algorithms facilitates more engaging and productive group discussions by suggesting research topics, offering debate prompts based on real-time analysis of global cyber events, and summarizing key takeaways from discussions.

Enhanced Operational Security (OPSEC):

Machine learning algorithms simulates various cyber threats to OPSEC, offering a more hands-on approach to learning how to protect intelligence processes in a cyber-dominated landscape.

Continuous Assessment and Feedback:

Advanced AI analytics continuously assess student performance, offering real-time feedback and adjusting the difficulty and focus of modules accordingly. Using AI for assessments and feedback ensures students maximize their learning potential throughout the course.

    AI-Infused Cyber Intelligence Training

    AI-infused cyber intelligence collection, analysis, and analytic writing integrate artificial intelligence technologies into traditional cyber intelligence practices.

    AI-Infused Cyber Intelligence Collection:

    In traditional cyber intelligence, analysts manually gather data from various sources like social media, deep web, and databases. With AI infusion, machine learning algorithms automatically collect data, filter out noise, and prioritize high-value information. For example, AI can analyze sentiment on social media platforms to detect emerging threats or trends. By leveraging natural language processing (NLP), AI can interpret human language, making the collection process faster, more extensive, and more accurate.

    AI-Infused Cyber Intelligence Analysis:

    Analysis usually involves sifting through and interpreting collected data to identify patterns, threats, or opportunities. AI enhances this step by applying algorithms that recognize complex patterns across vast datasets in real-time. Machine learning models can identify network behavior anomalies, flag them for immediate review, or predict future cybersecurity incidents based on historical data. The application of AI ensures more accurate, timely, and comprehensive analytical results, relieving analysts from the limitations of manual human review.

    AI-Infused Analytic Writing:

    Analytic writing usually requires a deep understanding of the subject matter and the ability to convey complex ideas clearly and concisely. With AI infusion, tools with NLP capabilities can assist analysts in producing more focused and informative reports. For instance, AI algorithms can automatically generate summaries of large datasets, suggest areas requiring analyst attention, and offer report structure and content recommendations. These AI-based writing tools can dramatically improve the quality of analytic reports, making them more insightful and actionable for decision-makers.

    Organizations achieve a synergistic effect by integrating AI into these crucial aspects of cyber intelligence. They enhance the speed and efficiency of their intelligence operations and substantially improve the quality and accuracy of the insights generated. This fusion of AI and cyber intelligence equips organizations with a robust, innovative toolkit for navigating modern cybersecurity threats' increasingly complex and hazardous landscape.

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    Traditional analysis methods are no match for the speed and accuracy of AI-enhanced systems. Real-time algorithms sift through enormous datasets, spot complex patterns, and identify network anomalies instantaneously. Imagine predicting tomorrow's cybersecurity threats today—that is the power of AI in cyber intelligence analysis.

    Elevate Your Analytic Writing:

    Why struggle with complex reports when AI can do the heavy lifting? NLP-enabled writing tools help you create reports rich in insight and easy to digest. From auto-generating data summaries to suggesting content structure, we make analytic writing a breeze.

    Achieve the Unthinkable with AI Synergy:

    Integrating AI into your cyber intelligence operations does not just make you faster—it makes you smarter. Harness the combined power of human expertise and machine intelligence for more actionable insights delivered more efficiently and accurately.

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    Why Treadstone 71!

    Treadstone 71 is a cyber intelligence company that provides training, consulting, and content to help organizations protect themselves from cyber threats. Intelligence professionals consider Treadstone 71 as one of the first and best cyber intelligence companies in the world:

    • Expertise: Treadstone 71’s intelligence professionals have a deep understanding of the cyber threat landscape. They have a proven track record of helping organizations protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
    • Training: Treadstone 71 offers a variety of training courses that cover all aspects of cyber intelligence, from threat analysis to incident response. Their training is highly practical and pragmatic while being innovative. The courses are hands-on, and designed to help organizations build the skills they need to estimate adversary actions while protecting themselves from cyber threats.
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    In addition to these factors, Treadstone 71 is also known for its commitment to quality and customer service. They are constantly investing in their training programs and consulting services to ensure that they are providing the best possible value to their clients.

    As a result of these factors, the industry considers Treadstone 71 one of the best cyber intelligence companies in the world. They are a trusted advisor to organizations of all sizes, and they are committed to helping them protect themselves from cyber threats.

    What do we deliver?

    Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft: This is training in various elements of cyber intelligence, like OSINT (Open-Source Intelligence), HUMINT (Human Intelligence), SOCMINT (Social Media Intelligence), and more.

    Strategic Intelligence Analysis: Providing analysis on a strategic level to help businesses understand and combat cyber threats.

    Cyber Threat Intelligence Program Development: Assisting organizations in building a structured, formal cyber threat intelligence program.

    Cyber Intelligence Lifecycle management: Overseeing the process of gathering, analyzing, and applying Cyber intelligence.

    Research and analysis: Including targeted research on specific threats, threat actors, vulnerabilities, and other aspects of cybersecurity.

    Cyber CounterIntelligence Strategies and Tactics: Assisting organizations in implementing strategies to counteract cyber threats.

    Cognitive Warfare Training and Consulting. Cyber Psyops: Discover, collect, analyze and deliver actionable intelligence on adversary operations.

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    Corporations and Enterprises: Large businesses often have significant cybersecurity needs. They may purchase Treadstone 71's services to bolster their security defenses, develop internal cybersecurity capabilities, or gain insight into potential threats.
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    • Increased cyber awareness: Treadstone 71's training courses will help employees to understand the cyber threat landscape and how to identify and avoid cyber threats.
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    Overall, there are several reasons why any organization should buy Treadstone 71 services and training. Treadstone 71 is a well-respected company with a compelling reputation for quality and customer service. We offer a variety of training courses and consulting services tailored to the specific needs of critical infrastructure organizations. By working with Treadstone 71, your organization can increase their cyber awareness, improve their threat analysis, enhance their incident response, and increase their operational efficiency.

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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.

    Cognitive Warfare - A Series of New Trainings from Treadstone 71

    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:

    • Threat detection: AI-powered systems can scan large volumes of data and find patterns of behavior that show potential threats. This can help security teams quickly find and respond to threats before they can cause harm.

    • Fraud detection: AI tools can analyze financial transactions, user behavior and other data sources to find anomalies that may indicate fraudulent activity.

    • Malware detection: AI algorithms can analyze code and behavior to find malware and other forms of malicious software.

    • Estimating future actions: AI can analyze historical data to find patterns and make forecasts about future cyber threats.

    • Network security: AI can check network traffic and find potential security threats, such as unauthorized access or data breaches.

    • Incident response: AI tools can aid security teams in responding to incidents by analyzing data and finding the source of the attack.

    • Treadstone 71 courses include all material from the OPSEC, OSINT, Darknet Collection course plus: OPSEC methods, online anonymity, persona creation, secure browser configuration with no verified leaks. OSINT and Darknet searching, social media searches and collection, Personality identification using Myers-Briggs, the Big 5, the Dark Triad/Pitch Black Tetrad, the Psychological Techniques of the Seven Radicals, and the Nine Enneagram Type. Methods and TTPs of cyber HUMINT tactics, campaign development, management, and execution. // Adversary targeting with cyber D3A/F3EAD, PIRs, OSINT, Darknet. // Information warfare, counterintelligence deception methods, Russian/Chinese/Iranian Cyber Warfare models, and cyber psychological operations, Cognitive war campaigns. Intelligence-driven security teaming. Students must also take a few short personality tests to share during class. For US-based course locations, Treadstone 71 provides phones for students to aid with anonymity and account creation. The course also covers social media account setup, extensive use of open-source tools, methods of finding groups, channels and chats, setting up aggregated search criteria that increases speed and is targeted for individual organizational use. during class time. The course blends cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, and cognitive warfare, from setup through passive execution. Students learn how to find adversaries in both the darknet and in open sources, while creating accounts through standardized OPSEC methods proven to be secure. The updates ensure identifying adversaries, risk rating their capabilities, intent, and maliciousness, while identifying methods to counter their hybrid warfare and influence operations against our assets.

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    What is Cognitive Warfare?

    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 (cyber psyops), 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:

    • The spread of false or misleading information through social media or other channels.
    • The use of emotionally charged language or imagery to influence public opinion.
    • The promotion of extreme or polarizing views designed to create division and conflict.
    • 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:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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    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.

    Mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party

    China employs a sophisticated strategy to shape public opinion domestically and internationally in the evolving landscape of global information warfare. Utilizing state-run media outlets like the Global Times, China crafts narratives that elevate its geopolitical standing and disparage its adversaries, particularly the United States and other Western nations. 

    Chinese Influence Operations and Election Interference in Taiwan

     The brief begins by identifying key tactics used by Beijing, including intensified disinformation campaigns that portray Taiwan as facing imminent war risks and attacks on Taiwan's government, accusing it of restricting freedom of speech. 

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