Accession Number : ADA312205

Title :   Contemplating the Counterfactual: Military Deception in an Age of Perfect Knowledge.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : MacKrell, Eileen F.

PDF Url : ADA312205

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : This paper addresses the topic of military deception at the operational level, and asserts its continued utility and feasibility in an age of increasingly high-technology intelligence gathering and dissemination systems. Beginning with a consideration of the nature of deception, the paper then examines four key tenets of a successful operational deception, namely Magruder's Principle (reinforce the enemy's preconceptions), plausibility, the use of multiple channels, and the combination of secrecy, central control and coordination. For each of these tenets, historical examples of their use in military operations are discussed; the paper then considers the extent to which each of these tenets remains applicable in a high-tech world. The paper concludes with a consideration of the continued feasibility and increasing desirability of deception in the future.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *DECEPTION, INTELLIGENCE, DECISION MAKING, DISTRIBUTION, CONTROL CENTERS, CENTRALIZED, CHANNELS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE