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The Cognitive Crucible explores all aspects of our generational challenge: Cognitive Security. It is the only podcast dedicated to increasing interdisciplinary collaboration between information operations practitioners, scholars, and policy makers.

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The Cognitive Crucible explores all aspects of our generational challenge: Cognitive Security. It is the only podcast dedicated to increasing interdisciplinary collaboration between information operations practitioners, scholars, and policy makers.

    #38 Reynolds on Operations in the Information Environment

    #38 Reynolds on Operations in the Information Environment

    LtGen Lori Reynolds leads the Marine Corps’ modernization efforts related to operations in the information environment. During this episode, our wide ranging discussion covers competition, professional military education, authorities, technology, and partnerships.
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    Bio: Lieutenant General Reynolds was commissioned in May 1986 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and assigned as a Communications Officer. As a Company grade officer, she served in various billets at 1st Marine Division Communications Company, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 in Okinawa, Marine Corps Systems Command, and 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF.
    As a Field Grade officer, she was selected to command Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA and then served as an Action Officer and Division Head at HQMC C4. She was selected to command 9th Communication Battalion in 2003 and deployed the battalion to Fallujah Iraq in support of I MEF during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. She was subsequently assigned to duty with the Joint Staff J6 in Washington DC where she was an Action Officer and Division Head. Col Reynolds assumed command of 1 MEF Headquarters Group in 2009 and deployed the Group to Helmand Province Afghanistan in support of I MEF and RC Southwest during Operation Enduring Freedom.
    As a General Officer, she commanded Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region from 2011-2014, was the Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense South and Southeast Asia in OSD Policy from 2014-2015 and commanded Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command from 2015-2018. LtGen Reynolds has commanded at every rank.
    Her professional military education includes The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Naval War College and the Army War College. She has earned Masters Degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.
    IPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.

    • 41 min
    #37 Vivian on MCDP 1-4 Competing

    #37 Vivian on MCDP 1-4 Competing

    During this episode, one of the principal authors of Marine Corps Doctrinal Pub (MCDP) 1-4 (“Competing”), Col Bill Vivian, USMC (ret.), discusses the creation of this timely document. After recapping the Marine Corps' capstone doctrinal publication, which is called "Warfighting," he then offers a perspective on the evolution of information operations and great power competition from the vantage of a career infantry officer.
    More information about the Phoenix Challenge conference with Keynote by former Director of National Intelligence, LtGen (ret.) James Clapper.
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    Bio: Bill Vivian of Freestone Solutions Group retired from the Marine Corps in 2018 after 31 years on active duty. Starting as an enlisted Marine, he rose through the ranks to colonel. Bill was an infantry officer who commanded at each level from a platoon of 40 to a regiment of 4,000 Marines. Along the way he earned master’s degrees in operational planning, military studies, and resource strategy. In 2018, Bill launched Freestone Solutions Group, a leadership coaching and consulting business.
    IPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.

    • 34 min
    #36 Ghose on Disruptive Innovation, Amazoogle, and Entrepreneurship

    #36 Ghose on Disruptive Innovation, Amazoogle, and Entrepreneurship

    During this episode, Mr. Shomit Ghose of ONSET Ventures outlines the difference between marginal and disruptive innovation. We also talk about the embodiment of the Red Queen Hypothesis and the OODA loop in today’s competitive business climate where companies are expected to innovate quickly in order to stay ahead of their competition. Shomit asserts that the big tech companies are outpacing most others, which has analogues for national security, as well. We conclude the episode talking about driving innovation with entrepreneurship and teaching the next generation of business and technology leaders.
    More information about the Phoenix Challenge conference with Keynote by former Director of National Intelligence, LtGen (ret.) James Clapper.
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    Bio: Shomit Ghose is a general partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm ONSET Ventures, which he joined in 2001.  Prior to entering the world of VC, Shomit was a software entrepreneur himself and was part of multiple successful exits.  In his start-up career Shomit has held all operating positions from software engineer to CEO.  He currently serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards, and has also held teaching positions at UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, the University of San Francisco's School of Management, and the Technical University of Denmark.  Shomit received his degree in computer science from UC Berkeley, where he also played attack on the Cal men's lacrosse team.
    IPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.

    • 24 min
    #35 Dawson on Social Media Weaponization

    #35 Dawson on Social Media Weaponization

    During this episode, MAJ Jessica Dawson of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point shares recent research about the social media ecosystem and how it is being weaponized. We also discuss the concept of identity and a new framework for understanding narrative weaponization for the purposes of mobilization and radicalization. Our conversation concludes with Jess’ policy and regulatory recommendations for mitigating risk.
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    Bio: MAJ Jessica Dawson is a native of rural Maine who enlisted in the Army in 1995 and reached the rank of Sergeant First Class before she commissioned into the Signal Corps in 2007. MAJ Dawson has served in Korea, Germany, Iraq and Fort Hood. She is currently serving as the lead research scientist for the Army Cyber Institute’s Information Warfare team and teaches sociology in the Department Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University and is currently researching social media and extremism along with the implications of the digital disruption of social processes.
    IPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.
    Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, 1) IPA earns from qualifying purchases, 2) IPA gets commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

    • 34 min
    #34 Chiu on Market Intelligence and the Competition for Attention

    #34 Chiu on Market Intelligence and the Competition for Attention

    During this episode, Emma Chiu of Wunderman Thompson discusses global trends which affect brands as well as the competition for attention. She describes growing anxiety and a sense of urgency as some trends--especially trends mapped to digital and technology capabilities--seem to have accelerated during the COVID crisis. Brands are also grappling with Gen Z consumers and how they are driving cultural shifts; for example, Emma describes how younger generations engage in employee activism and are beginning to hold their employers accountable for social values. She observes that relatively new platforms like TikTok and Clubhouse are evolving quickly which presents adaptation challenges for brands. Finally, we discuss value-based marketing where some brands pursue non-linear approaches in order to pleasantly surprise consumers and “future proof” their messaging for the long term.
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    Guest Bio: Emma Chiu leads Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the agency’s in-house futures and innovation think-tank. Emma consults with brands on how to build long-term strategies based on qualitative and quantitative insight that incorporates cultural and behavioral change, sector innovation and zeitgeist shifts. Emma spearheaded the launch of the Wunderman Thompson Intelligence “Future 100” Report, which helps people prepare for emerging consumer behavior with 100 original trend predictions from Wunderman Thompson Intelligence. Split into 10 categories, each trend delivers a digestible snapshot of movements so far, while clearly explaining why brands and marketers should pay attention. Emma’s foresight and thought leadership has been picked up by global publications and has been featured in The Telegraph, Creative Review, New York Magazine, Dazed Digital and Vogue. She is also a member of the WARC Awards 2020 judging panel and The International Color Awards 2020 judging panel. In addition, Emma regularly speaks at international conferences including SXSW Interactive, Adobe Max and Pause Fest.
    About: The Information Professionals Association (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.

    • 55 min
    #33 Cole on FICINT and the Cognitive Warfighting Domain

    #33 Cole on FICINT and the Cognitive Warfighting Domain

    During this episode, Mr. August Cole discusses fictional intelligence (or FICINT) and how it can help leaders understand emerging concepts such as the cognitive warfighting domain. August observes that plausible fictionalized future scenarios which are rooted in academic research communicate to leaders and decision makers better than do white papers and powerpoint slides. He also emphasizes the importance of experimentation and stress testing ideas. One of August’s primary goals with his writing is to use FICINT and narrative to prevent strategic surprise.
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    Bio: August Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and other forms of Fictional Intelligence storytelling (also known as “FICINT”). His talks, short stories, and workshops have taken him from speaking at the Nobel Institute in Oslo to presenting at SXSW Interactive. With Peter W. Singer, he is the co-author of the best-seller “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War” and “Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution”. August is also a non-resident fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at Marine Corps University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.
    IPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the role of information activities, such as influence and cognitive security, within the national security sector and helping to bridge the divide between operations and research. Its goal is to increase interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars and practitioners and policymakers with an interest in this domain.
    For more information, please contact us at communications@information-professionals.org.
    Or, connect directly with The Cognitive Crucible podcast host, John Bicknell, on LinkedIn.

    • 38 min

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