IB2: Information Operations

Industry Based Broadening: Information Operations

In this program designed for high-performing majors in information operations and related areas, you will be presented the fundamentals of strategic communication, the cultures of the industries that utilize it, and the technologies for securing its infrastructure.

Leveraging from a variety of non-military perspectives presented from leaders in the private sector and academia on topics from big data and the internet of things, to understanding and changing behavior, you will return to your organization with a broad set of best practices for direct application.

Benefits:

  • Learn best practices from subject matter experts from private industry to gain an advantage in operations within the information environment
  • Leverage cross-disciplinary participation through panel discussions and development of partnerships
  • Develop broader perspectives on the discipline of information operations beyond US military doctrine
  • Enhance leadership and teamwork skills in creating information operations/strategic communications operations frameworks
  • Gain insights on best practices from leaders in the industry through classroom discussion and off-site facility tours

Curriculum:

The IDB IB2 seminar in Information Operations (IO) is a three-week educational and experiential learning opportunity to introduce majors in IO and its sub-specialties to the best practices of their industry counterparts — including corporate, lobbying and public diplomacy, news and media, and cyber and electronic infrastructure.

Learning takes place in the classroom and through on-site visits with local companies and other institutions. The seminar is segmented into three modules:

  1. Prepares students to transition from military terminology and lexicon to the private sector’s “strategic communications” (SC). This module will define SC, deconstruct it into its component parts, and show its national security implications and relevance to IO.
  2. Takes a deep dive into each of the four industry counterparts. This part of the seminar will be divided into paired days — one day of in-class academic/practitioner overviews followed by one day of benchmarking visits to representative organizations — for each segment.
  3. A practical exercise to apply industry tools to discrete national security challenges the military is likely to face within the next decade. Working
    in groups, students will tackle a set of issues over two days before
    presenting recommendations to the plenary on the third day.

Participant Profile:

This course is designed for selected high-potential mid-career O-4 officers in information, military information support, and cyberspace operations; public affairs; and related areas.

Faculty:

Program Staff:

Ambassador (Ret.) David C. Litt

Executive Director, Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction

Lara Taylor

Senior Program Associate

Tuition:

Tuition (includes tuition, lunches, and some group dinners; lodging and other meals funded by sponsoring unit): $9,900

Enrollment:

Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB Senior Account Manager, Bob Worsham at worsham.ctr@idb.org or (302) 547-8850 for enrollment information.

What to Expect:

Schedule

IB2-IO is a three-week program that begins Sunday evening and concludes by 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Classes during the week typically begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. with some evening events.y

Spouses

To maximize the benefits of the collaborative environment of the program, we strongly discourage participants from bringing spouses or other guests. However, for the graduation reception and dinner during the final residency in Chapel Hill, family are welcome.