Information operations

Dominating Duffer’s Domain


The RAND Corporation published a small book on information operations called Dominating Duffer’s Domain, Lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps Information Operations Practitioner by Christopher Paul and William Marcellino. It is written from the aspect of the military classic The Defence of Duffer’s Drift by Major General Sir Ernest Swinton. The fictitious narrator, Captain I. N. Hindsight, takes readers repeatedly through the same mission over the course of six dreams in which he makes shortsighted decisions, critical miscalculations, and smaller mistakes that contribute to spectacular failures until his accumulated lessons ultimately allow him and the command he supports to succeed. The fabricated instructional scenario draws on actual historical operations, alternative directions that these operations could have taken, and realistic challenges that a Marine Corps information operations planner might face. The 26 concise lessons in this volume offer insight that, ideally, the practitioner will not need to acquire through practice.

The authors also adapted, from an Army Captain’s point of view, the Dominating Duffer’s Domain, Lessons for the U.S. Army Information Operations Practitioner.

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