DA4108 Deception, Denial, Surprise, and Counterdeception

An impression about the threats a nation faces shapes its policies and actions in both war and peacetime. Consequently, information has a vital role in understanding threats and creating impressions. At the same time, it is uncertain whether the proliferation of communications technologies and the dissemination of vast amounts of information will keep senior leaders better informed or simply create more confusion. This course aims to stimulate serious thought about how deception, denial and counter-deception can influence the outcome of a war or contribute to the favorable resolution of an international crisis. Topics include: the theory and process of deception; the role of intelligence; the process of protecting information that could be used by opponents to uncover some truth; and detecting deception. Case studies will be used throughout the course to reinforce important concepts. Prerequisites: None.

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