Accession Number : ADA279422

Title :   The Effect of Technology on Operational Deception.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Palmby, William G.

Report Date : 08 FEB 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This paper examines how technological advances have affected the art of operational deception. Military commanders need to understand that the interaction between technology, deception, and counterdeception can have a significant impact on the future use of operational deception. The paper begins with an examination of how technological advances have impacted the importance of deception throughout history. This is followed by an analysis of the affect technology has had on the actual use of operational deception. The study results in six lessons which commanders should consider when they attempt to conduct operational deception in the future: (1) technology equals more opportunity, (2) technology can see -- but it can also conceal, (3) know your enemy's capabilities, (4) technology reduces the desire to deceive, (5) technological advances may be short-lived, (6) and the principles of deception remain valid. The paper concludes by determining that, although technology has made it more difficult to achieve operational deception, technology has also provided increased opportunities and greater motivation to deceive the enemy.

Descriptors :   *DECEPTION, ENEMY, HISTORY, IMPACT, INTERACTIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MOTIVATION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE