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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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A pervasive force distorting public discourse, hampering effective policymaking, and creating fertile ground for exploitation and manipulation.

On November 16, 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared "post-truth" as its word of the year, highlighting a seismic shift in public discourse. The term saw a staggering 2,000 percent increase in usage between 2015 and 2016, reflecting its emergence as a significant cultural phenomenon. Unlike traditional approaches that might weaken the core and center of truth, post-truth employs a more insidious strategy: it aims to disqualify truth from the outset.

Post-truth strategies operate by attempting to supplant one version of truth with another, often using extensive manipulation and surveillance. The objective here is not to establish an alternate truth but to sow doubt and confusion, muddying the water so people are unsure what to believe. In this environment, any claim to truth becomes equally questionable, leading to cognitive dissonance among the public. Post-truth strategies execute a sophisticated form of deception that does not just bend the truth but replaces it with a fabricated reality. Those who deploy these strategies often leverage advanced methods of manipulation and extensive surveillance capabilities to achieve their aims. The primary objective is not to anchor a new truth but to sow the seeds of doubt and confusion on a grand scale. The tactics blur the lines between fact and fiction so effectively that the public finds it increasingly challenging to discern what to believe. Amid this fog of uncertainty, any statement—no matter its origin or credibility—becomes a point of contention. This atmosphere stokes cognitive dissonance within society, making it hard for individuals to reconcile conflicting information.

To further complicate matters, post-truth maneuvers have a unique way of incorporating dissent and criticism into their narrative fabric. Under the guise of "alternative facts," post-truth tolerates opposing views and gives them space to breathe—only to later reject them. While this may seem paradoxical, it is part of the design. These "alternative facts" often directly oppose one another, creating inherent contradictions that would typically undermine a coherent narrative. However, in the realm of post-truth, these contradictions become assets. They add layers of complexity that further obfuscate the truth, making it even more challenging for the public to navigate the labyrinth of information and disinformation.


  • 2016 Presidential Election: During the election cycle, claims often eclipsed facts. For example, false information circulated widely on social media platforms, including allegations about candidate Hillary Clinton's involvement in various conspiracies, none of which were substantiated. The spread of such misinformation made it difficult for voters to discern reality, contributing to a post-truth environment.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: The handling of information around COVID-19 has been a breeding ground for post-truth narratives. From the outset, conflicting messages from authorities about the severity of the virus, the effectiveness of masks, and the safety of vaccines have muddled public understanding, leading to confusion and skepticism.
  • Climate Change: Despite a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, campaigns to sow doubt about this reality have been effective. Fossil fuel interests have disseminated misleading studies and false narratives to blur the line between scientific fact and opinion.
  • Social Media Echo Chambers: Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have algorithms that create echo chambers, where users only see content that aligns with their pre-existing beliefs. Social Media Echo Chambers have exacerbated the spread of misinformation, making it easier to replace objective truth with emotionally appealing falsehoods.
  • "Fake News" as a Discrediting Tool: The term "fake news" itself has become a weapon to delegitimize genuine journalistic efforts. By labeling uncomfortable facts as "fake news," political leaders and public figures can create confusion about reliable sources.
  • Racial and Social Injustices: Conversations around racial inequality and systemic injustice often devolve into post-truth debates. Misinformation uses false crime rates, economic indicators, or historical events to create divisive narratives that distract from factual discourse.
  • Conspiracy Theories: From QAnon to the "birther" conspiracy about President Obama's place of birth, these widely circulated but unfounded beliefs contribute to a post-truth landscape by replacing verified information with speculative or false narratives.
  • Political Polarization: The extreme polarization of American politics encourages post-truth reasoning, where allegiance to a party or individual often trumps objective evaluation of facts. Political Polarization is evident in matters like impeachment proceedings or Supreme Court nominations, where the lines between truth and allegiance blur.
  • Science Denial: The rejection of scientific fact in favor of personal or political belief is another manifestation of post-truth, evident in debates over issues like vaccinations, evolution education in schools, and COVID-19 mitigation measures.

This engineered chaos corrodes the foundation of rational discourse. As contradictory "facts" muddy the waters, the societal pursuit of truth becomes futile. The idea that a collective understanding of reality is possible erodes, taking with it the principles fundamental for a functioning democracy and an informed citizenry. In this twisted landscape, the likelihood of arriving at a consensus on what is true diminishes, and the belief that such a consensus could exist also begins to wane. The outcome is a societal climate fraught with doubt, skepticism, and a broken compass for discerning truth, leaving populations vulnerable to further manipulation and control.

Post-truth also accommodates dissent and criticism in a cunning maneuver by simultaneously rejecting "alternative facts." The dissent and criticism are paradoxical because these alternative facts often contradict each other. Yet, the post-truth paradigm thrives on such contradictions, as they further contribute to public doubt and confusion. The result is a landscape where rational discourse suffers, and the possibility of reaching a consensus understanding of truth becomes increasingly remote.

By actively fostering an environment of skepticism, post-truth makes it difficult to challenge falsehoods effectively. People become disoriented, finding it increasingly challenging to differentiate between genuine facts and manipulated information. As truth becomes a disputed territory, the stage is set for manipulation on an unprecedented scale, affecting everything from elections and public policy to social relationships and individual beliefs. By deliberately nurturing a culture of skepticism, post-truth disempowers individuals and communities from effectively challenging false claims. The resulting atmosphere of confusion leaves people struggling to distinguish authentic information from manipulated narratives. What were once clear distinctions between truth and falsehood become blurred, and truth becomes an arena for power plays and manipulative tactics. In this bewildering environment, the opportunity for deceit scales to an entirely new level, with far-reaching implications that ripple across all aspects of society. This far reach includes the electoral process, the formation and execution of public policy, social interactions, and even the core beliefs that individuals hold dear.

But post-truth's ambition does not stop at warping our immediate perceptions of reality; it seeks to destroy the structures that enable us to identify what is true. It is an assault not merely on language but also on the psychological underpinnings guiding our understanding of the world. This warping extends its tendrils into the political realm, tearing at the fabric of democratic institutions that rely on an informed citizenry. Ultimately, it creates a society where the pursuit of objective truth degenerates into a futile game of illusions, where facts are as mutable as quicksand and as elusive as smoke.

Post-truth is not a passive player in this scenario but an active force with a multifaceted impact. It disorients our cognitive faculties, corrupts the political dialogue, and destabilizes social harmony. As it permeates these various layers of society, it also changes the rules of engagement. It turns the quest for objective truth into a complex maze of falsehoods and half-truths, designed to lead us astray rather than toward understanding. The ultimate tragedy here is that post-truth does not just obscure the path to objective reality; it erases the notion that such a path could exist, leaving society wandering in a self-perpetuating fog of confusion and vulnerability.

Post-truth does not merely distort our perception of reality; it aims to dismantle the framework by which we discern truth. Its impact extends beyond language and enters the realms of psychology, politics, and society, effectively turning the quest for objective truth into a game of smoke and mirrors.


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Iranian Cyber and Physical Acts Against Any Opposition


The following is an overview of Iranian regime tactics, techniques, and methods used against dissidents and opposition groups. The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) holds a Free Iran conference every summer. Every year, the Iranian regime works to discredit, disrupt, delay, and destroy any attempts at the PMOI to hold the conference. From physical threats to the hacking of foreign governments to political pressure because of prisoner exchanges, Iran uses any tactic available to push the envelope during each action. Iran continues these actions.

Cyber grey zone actions blur the line between acceptable state behavior and hostile acts, creating challenges for attribution, response, and establishing clear norms and rules in the cyber domain. Addressing these challenges requires international cooperation, robust cybersecurity measures, and the development of norms and agreements to regulate state behavior in cyberspace.

Iranian cyber grey zone activities refer to malicious actions in cyberspace that fall short of a full-fledged cyberattack but aim to achieve strategic objectives.

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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 (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:

  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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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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Intelligence Tradecraft Operator – OPSEC for OSINT, Cyber Psyops, The Cyber Cognitive Warfighter remaining US dates and locations 2023 - Contact us for training you.  All in-person courses discounted to $2999.

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Advanced Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft

Advanced Strategic Intelligence Analysis

Adversary Targeting

Analytic Writing (Reporting and Briefs)

Aspects of Disinformation

Basic Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft

Big Five in Cyber Intelligence

Building a Cyber Intelligence Program - Part 1

Building a Cyber Intelligence Program - Parts 2 & 3

Building a Cyber Intelligence Program - Part 4

Certified Cyber Counterintelligence Analyst

Cialdini's Principles in Influence Operations

Chinese Cognitive Warfare Section 1 Cyber Psyops APT Groups

Cognitive Warfare Definitions Part 1

Collection Management

Color Revolutions - Cognitive Warfare

Conspiracy Theories

Critical Thinking and Cognitive Bias for Cyber Intelligence

Cyber Cointelpro

Cyber in the Supply Chain

Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft - Recertification Bundle

Deception Planning

Dirty Tricks in CounterIntelligence and Deception

Global Resilience Federation Operational Framework and Capability Maturity Model 

Intelligence Requirements

Intermediate Cyber Intelligence Tradecraft

Iranian Cognitive and Information Warfare Section 1

Iranian Cognitive and Information Warfare Section 2 - Measured against STEMPLES Plus

Myers-Briggs - Under Pressure and the Destructive Mode

Personas and OPSEC

Psychological Operations - Cyber Cognitive Warfighter - Psyops

Psychology of the Seven Radicals

Russian Cognitive and Information Warfare Section 1

Russian Cognitive and Information Warfare Security 2 - Information Alibi

Russian Grey Zone activities, APT Groups - Timelines and Capabilities

Russian STEMPLES Plus, Hofstede Principles, and Indicators of Change

Stakeholder Analysis

STEMPLES Plus - Indicators of Change - Hofstede Principles

Strategic Source Evaluation, Credibility, Validity, Relevance and Types of Evidence

Strategic Intelligence Analysis

Structured Analytic Techniques

The Dark Triad and Pitch-Black Tetrad - Trolling


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Intelligence Tradecraft Reference Guides

Treadstone 71 intelligence tradecraft education tools, the Reference Guide. Each laminated reference guide offers comprehensive and detailed tradecraft information. Easy to read with glossaries, diagrams, and process flows using color and illustrations. Our premium stock paper ensures long-lasting and sturdy reference guides.  Our guides cover:

  • Analytic Writing
  • Cognitive Warfare Parts I and II
  • Cyber Intelligence Lifecycle Parts I and II
  • Disinformation Plus
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Intelligence Requirements
  • Strategic Analysis with STEMPLES Plus
  • Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Threat Hunting
  • What is Cyber Intelligence

With others in the works that will include Cyber Counterintelligence, Color Revolutions, information Operations/Hybrid Warfare, and Chinese, Iranian, and Russian Influence Operations methods and examples. Built in lamination on 8 ½ inch by 11-inch 6 z-fold page format. Details taken directly from Treadstone 71 Training Courses. Free w/paid training course.

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.

Iranian Influence Operations - A Shift in Capabilities -
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Cyber intelligence courses taught your way

If you are deeply invested in amplifying your intelligence maturity, do not let training accessibility become a headwind. Treadstone 71 turns it into a tailwind for you or your intel specialists to receive cyber intelligence training the way that works for you. All the best practices, community-validated materials, and field-tested prevention strategies can now be taught during in-person, private, or public classes.

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Plunge into OPSEC methods and risk identification processes while being guided by Treadstone 71’s instructor at one of the US training venues. Let former intel professionals pass on their cognitive warfare and counterintelligence skills to you.  Learn new and innovative TTPs and methods on cognitive warfare and cyber psyops. 

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Couple your cyber intelligence course with confidentiality to break down your organization’s cyber risks. We can customize the materials to be analyzed to meet your specific cyber program maturity level and walk you through well-curated training, be it for OSINT or Darknet practices, ChatGPT integration, or cyberpsychological warfare.

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Elevate your intel excellence as part of collaboration and networking. A public cyber intelligence course is a perfect way to boost your knowledge with hands-on techniques while discussing real-world scenarios with other professionals working in the cybersecurity and intel ecosystems.

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The cyber battlefield is riddled with external and internal threats. Their types, severity, and impact vary greatly, making the right response strategy hard to implement when your assets are in jeopardy. But it always spans prioritization and mitigation steps that should be planned and executed promptly.

You can get a round-up of the best mitigation and prioritization strategies with our cyber intelligence training. But if you need help responding to specific risks undermining specific assets and posing unexpected challenges to your organization, Treadstone 71’s advisory teams are to the rescue! With cognitive warfare and cyber intelligence consulting, we can help put the finger on the type of risk and recommend actions to augment your security and mitigation efforts. We can turn our industry-relevant expertise into effective countermeasures and strategic defense for your organization once the existing risk is settled.

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    Training Subscription - All online courses up to 500 students - one year

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    • Supplementary Materials: Some courses also include required books, conveniently delivered by Amazon Kindle to each student.
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  • Cognitive Warfare Training

    Introducing our innovative new course, specifically designed to centralize the study of information operations through the lens of cognitive methods. By utilizing hands-on learning and real-world applications, we empower students to master unique techniques inspired by allies and adversaries.

    Course Highlights:

    • Cognitive Warfare: Explore concepts related to Cognitive Warfare, Gray Zone Tactics, Disinformation, Influence Operations, Information Operations, Color Revolutions, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Private Intelligence Firms, and more.
    • Comprehensive Analysis: Delve into a meticulous review of cognitive warfare strategies, historical examples, rational processes, and biases in perception and cognition. Understand the complexities of decision-making under time pressures, the domains of conflict, factors influencing decisions, and the challenges of speed and information overload.
    • Manipulation and Deception Techniques: Learn how to manipulate situational awareness and induce behavioral change using tactics of deception, distraction, distrust, chaos, and confusion.
    • Adversary Assessment: Acquire skills to assess an adversary's susceptibility to cognitive weapons and observe potential impacts and vulnerabilities.
    • Practical Application: Engage in creating cognitive campaigns, employing deception, distraction, content creation for distrust, and various deployment techniques. Experience continuous execution from multiple vectors.
    • Understanding Target Cognition: Grasp the cognitive aspects of targets and delve into the multifaceted worlds of social media, information, intelligence, and other online vectors.
    • Effectiveness and Analysis: Tackle the critical issues associated with measuring the effectiveness of campaigns and conduct in-depth influence analysis.

    Who Will Benefit:

    This course is invaluable for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of cognitive methods within information operations. Whether you are an analyst, strategist, or practitioner in the field of cyber warfare, this course equips you with the tools and insights to navigate the ever-changing landscape of cognitive war.

    Enroll now to immerse yourself in this engaging and highly interactive learning experience and sharpen your skills in one of the most complex and vital modern warfare and intelligence areas.

  • Targeted Research to Uncover Influence Operations

    Detect, Analyze, Expose, Counter, and Contain: The Treadstone 71 Service for Influence Operations Counter Campaign Development

    The Treadstone 71 Service offers a comprehensive solution for influence operations and counter-campaign development. Our specialized approach covers five essential steps: Detect, Analyze, Expose, Counter, and Contain. Here's a detailed look at what each step entails:

    1. Detect: Identifying the Narrative
      • Uncover operational content to define the narrative(s) and analyze the imagery, exploring the emotions and feelings they create.
      • Determine potential emotions, instincts, reflexes, and passions targeted for exploitation.
    2. Analyze: Scrutinizing Content
      • Investigate content for inconsistencies, falsehoods, slander, mixed facts, potential conspiracy theories, and contradictory versions across various platforms.
    3. Expose: Anticipating Key Targets or Threat Activities
      • Foresee activities that could lead to leadership decisions.
      • Coordinate, validate, and oversee collection requirements, plans, and activities.
    4. Counter: Monitoring and Reporting Threat Changes
      • Track and communicate alterations in threat dispositions, activities, tactics, capabilities, and objectives pertaining to specific cyber operations warning problem sets.
      • Generate timely and integrated all-source cyber operations intelligence, including threat assessments, briefings, intelligence studies, and country studies.
    5. Contain: Providing Intelligence Support and Analytic Solutions
      • Offer intelligence support for designated exercises, planning activities, and time-sensitive operations.
      • Craft or recommend analytical approaches or solutions for complex problems where information may be incomplete or no precedent exists.

    The Treadstone 71 Service offers an agile and targeted response to counter-influence operations by seamlessly integrating these five phases. Our methodical approach ensures that organizations understand, anticipate, and combat the ever-evolving threats that influence operations.

    Investing in this service means securing a robust defense against sophisticated tactics that seek to manipulate and deceive. Align with Treadstone 71 to safeguard your organization's integrity and credibility in today's complex cyber landscape.

Influence Operations Detection, Analysis, and Countering

Root out Influence Operations

  • 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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