Western governments in the NATO military alliance developed tactics of cognitive warfare to battle for your brain in the human domain, making the world population a weapon.
As the military alliance put it, NATO created many forms of warfare to wage a battle for the brain. This cartel has tested novel modes of hybrid action against self-declared adversaries: economic, cyber, information, and psychological warfare.
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NATO wants to create new humankind in combination with their branded cognitive warfare. They described that as the “weaponization of brain sciences,” the new method involves “hacking the individual” by exploiting “the vulnerabilities of the human brain” to implement more sophisticated “social engineering.”
According to NATO, the war is divided into five operational domains: air, land, sea, space, and cyber. However, with the development of cognitive strategies, the military wants to create a new domain called the human domain.
A 2020 NATO-sponsored study explained: “While actions taken in the five domains are executed to affect the human domain, cognitive warfare’s objective is to make everyone a weapon.”
“The brain will be the battlefield of the 21st century,” the report stressed. “Humans are the contested domain,” and “future conflicts will likely occur amongst the people digitally first and physically after that in proximity to hubs of political and economic power.”
The 2020 NATO-sponsored study on cognitive warfare.
They backed up a study that claims their cognitive warfare will serve for defensive purposes and conceded that the military alliance developed offensive tactics, “The human is very often the main vulnerability, and it should be acknowledged to protect NATO’s human capital but also to be able to benefit from our adversaries’ vulnerabilities.”
The report stated, “the objective of Cognitive Warfare is to harm societies and not only the military.”
The civilian population in NATO’s crosshairs emphasized that Western militaries have to work more closely with academia to weaponize social sciences and human sciences and help the alliance develop cognitive warfare capacities.
The study explained the phenomenon as “the militarization of brain science.” But, NATO’s cognitive warfare development leads us to militarize all aspects of human society and psychology.
NATO report warned: “an embedded fifth column, where everyone, unbeknownst to him or her, is behaving according to the plans of one of our competitors.”
The study shared that the competitors exploiting the consciousness of Western dissidents are China and Russia. Shortly said, NATO military cartel sees their domestic population as a threat. NATO’s development of novel forms of hybrid warfare comes when member states’ military campaigns target domestic populations. The Ottawa Citizen reported that the Canadian military’s Joint Operations Command used the C-19 pandemic to wage an information war against the domestic population. NATO-sponsored reports claim that the disclosure was scratching the surface of a wave of new unconventional warfare tactics that Western militaries are employing worldwide.
NATO-backed Canadian military officials discuss cognitive warfare in a panel event.
One advocacy group stated that the NATO Association of Canada has mobilized to support this challenge, collaborating with military contractors to make the private sector invest in additional research.
“The NAOC has strong ties with the Government of Canada including Global Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence.”
On October 5, NAOC had a panel discussion on cognitive warfare.
The researcher who wrote the 2020 NATO study, François du Cluzel, took part in the event with NATO-backed Canadian military officers.
The panel was seen by Robert Baines, president of the NATO Association of Canada. Garrick Ngai moderated him from the Canadian Department of National Defense.
He opened the event, “cognitive warfare and a new domain of competition, where state and non-state actors aim to influence what people think and how they act.”
The NAOC president also happily noted the lucrative “opportunities for Canadian companies” that this NATO Innovation Challenge promised.
NATO researcher describes cognitive warfare as ‘ways of harming the brain.’
The October 5 panel eliminated François du Cluzel, who created the NATO Innovation Hub, which was managed in Virginia.
iHub insists on the website for legal reasons, “opinions expressed on this platform don’t constitute NATO or any other organization points of view,” the organization is sponsored by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT), described as “one of two Strategic Commands at the head of NATO’s military command structure.”
Du Cluzel shortened his research in the October panel. He initiated his remarks that cognitive warfare “right now is one of the hottest topics for NATO” and “has become a recurring term in military terminology in recent years.”
Du Cluzel highlighted that the cognitive warfare strategy “is being currently developed by my command here in Norfolk, USA.”
The NATO iHUB manager did a PowerPoint presentation and described cognitive warfare as a battle for the brain.
“Cognitive warfare is a new concept that starts in the information sphere, that is a kind of hybrid warfare,” du Cluzel said.
“It starts with hyper-connectivity. Everyone has a cell phone,” he continued. “It starts with information because the information is, if I may say, the fuel of cognitive warfare. But it goes way beyond solely information, which is a standalone operation – information warfare is a standalone operation.”
It overlaps with Big Tech corporations and mass surveillance only because it leverages the big data.
“We produce data everywhere we go. Every minute, every second we go, we go online. And this is extremely easy to leverage those data to know you better and use that knowledge to change the way you think.”
The NATO researcher stated that foreign adversaries represent aggressors employing cognitive warfare.
Du Cuzel described cognitive warfare as the “art of using technologies to alter the cognition of human targets.”
The technologies incorporate the fields of NBIC (Nano-bio-info-cognitive technology. Altogether, “it makes a kind of very dangerous cocktail that can further manipulate the brain,” he said.
He also stated that the exotic method of attack “goes well beyond” information warfare or psychological operations.
“Cognitive warfare is not only a fight against what we think, but it’s rather a fight against the way we think if we can change the way people think,” he said. “It’s much more powerful, and it goes way beyond the information [warfare] and psyops.”
De Cluzel continued: “It’s crucial to understand that it’s a game on our cognition, on the way our brain processes information and turns it into knowledge, rather than solely a game on information or psychological aspects of our brains. It’s not only an action against what we think but also an action against the way we think, the way we process information and turn it into knowledge.”
“In other words, cognitive warfare is not just another word, another name for information warfare. It is a war on our individual processor, our brain.”
The cognitive warfare targets could be anyone who is on the table.
“Cognitive warfare has universal reach, from starting with the individual to states and multinational organizations,” he said. “Its field of action is global and aims to seize control of the human being, civilian as well as military.”
And the private sector has a financial interest in advancing cognitive warfare research, and he noted: “The massive worldwide investments made in neurosciences suggests that the cognitive domain will probably be one of the battlefields of the future.”
Cluzel moved on, saying that the development of cognitive warfare transforms military conflict as we know it, “a third major combat dimension to the modern battlefield: to the physical and informational dimension is now added a cognitive dimension.”
And all this “creates a new space of competition beyond what is called the five domains of operations – or land, sea, air, cyber, and space domains. Warfare in the cognitive arena mobilizes a wider range of battle spaces than solely the physical and information dimensions can do.”
NATO’s cognitive warfare study warns of “embedded fifth column.”
The study from June to November 2020, Allied Command Transformation sponsored it and published it in a 45-page report in January 2021.
‘’ The nature of warfare has changed,” the report emphasized. “The majority of current conflicts remain below the threshold of the traditionally accepted definition of warfare, but new forms of warfare have emerged such as Cognitive Warfare (CW), while the human mind is now being considered as a new domain of war.”
“Developing capabilities to harm the cognitive abilities of opponents will be a necessity,” du Cluzel’s report stated clearly. “In other words, NATO will need to get the ability to safeguard her decision-making process and disrupt the adversary’s one.”
“Any user of modern information technologies is a potential target. It targets the whole of a nation’s human capital,” the report ominously added.
“As well as the potential execution of a cognitive war to complement to a military conflict, it can also be conducted alone, without any link to an engagement of the armed forces,” the study went on. “Moreover, cognitive warfare is potentially endless since there can be no peace treaty or surrender for this type of conflict.”
The new mode of battle without geographic borders: “This battlefield is global via the internet. With no beginning and no end, this conquest knows no respite, punctuated by notifications from our smartphones, anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
NATO-study stated: “some NATO Nations have already acknowledged that neuroscientific techniques and technologies have a high potential for operational use in a variety of security, defense, and intelligence enterprises.”
“Uses of research findings and products to directly facilitate the performance of combatants, the integration of human-machine interfaces to optimize combat capabilities of semi-autonomous vehicles (e.g., drones), and development of biological and chemical weapons (i.e., neuro weapons).”
The Pentagon highlighted: “Although several nations have pursued, and are currently pursuing neuroscientific research and development for military purposes, perhaps the most proactive efforts in this regard have been conducted by the United States Department of Defense; with most notable and rapidly maturing research and development conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).”
The uses of neuroS/T research include intelligence collecting, training, and “optimizing performance and resilience in combat and military support personnel,” and of course, “direct weaponization of neuroscience and neurotechnology.”
The report stated that US Major General Robert H. Scales summarized NATO’s new combat philosophy: “Victory will be defined more to capture the psycho-cultural rather than the geographical high ground.”
Also, he added that NATO has created tactics of cognitive warfare, too, “capture the psycho-cultural.”
The study explained “the crucible of data sciences and human sciences” and stressed that “the combination of Social Sciences and System Engineering will be key in helping military analysts to improve the production of intelligence.”
“If kinetic power cannot defeat the enemy,” it said, “psychology and related behavioral and social sciences stand to fill the void.”
“Leveraging social sciences will be central to the development of the Human Domain Plan of Operations,” the report went on. “It will support the combat operations by providing potential courses of action for the whole surrounding Human Environment including enemy forces, but also determining key human elements such as the Cognitive center of gravity, and the desired behavior is the end state.”
“Within the military, expertise on anthropology, ethnography, history, psychology among other areas will be more than ever required to cooperate with the military,” the NATO-sponsored study stated.
“Today’s progress in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science (NBIC), boosted by the seemingly unstoppable march of a triumphant troika made of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and civilizational ‘digital addiction’ has created a much more ominous prospect: an embedded fifth column, where everyone, unbeknownst to him or her, is behaving according to the plans of one of our competitors.”
“The modern concept of war is not about weapons but about influence,” it posited. “Victory, in the long run, will remain solely dependent on the ability to influence, affect, change or impact the cognitive domain.”
The NATO study closed the presentation with a final paragraph that makes it evident that the Western military alliance’s goal is control over people’s minds.
“Cognitive warfare may well be the missing element that allows the transition from military victory on the battlefield to lasting political success. The human domain might well be the decisive domain, wherein multi-domain operations achieve the commander’s effect. The five first domains can give tactical and operational victories; only the human domain can achieve the final and full victory.”
Canadian Special Operations officer highlighted cognitive warfare importance.
When Du Cuzel shared his remarks, he was followed by Andy Bonvie, a commanding officer at the Canadian Special Operations Training Centre.
“Cognitive warfare is a new type of hybrid warfare for us,” Bonvie said. “And it means that we need to look at the traditional thresholds of conflict and how the things that are being done are really below those thresholds of conflict, cognitive attacks, and non-kinetic forms and non-combative threats to us. We need to understand these attacks better and adjust their actions and our training accordingly to be able to operate in these different environments.”
“We cannot lose the tactical advantage for our troops that we’re placing forward as it spans not only tactically but strategically,” he said. “Some of those different capabilities that we have that we enjoy all of a sudden could be pivoted to be used against us. So we have to understand better how quickly our adversaries adapt to things, and then be able to predict where they’re going in the future, to help us be and maintain the tactical advantage for our troops moving forward.”
‘Cognitive warfare is the most advanced form of manipulation seen to date.’
Marie Pierre Raymond, a retired Canadian Lt. colonel who now serves as a “defense scientist and innovation portfolio manager” for the Canadian Armed Forces’ Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program, also joined the October 5 panel.
“Long gone are the days when war was fought to acquire more land,” Raymond said. “Now the new objective is to change the adversaries’ ideologies, which makes the brain the center of gravity of the human. And it makes the human the contested domain, and the mind becomes the battlefield.”
“When we speak about hybrid threats, cognitive warfare is the most advanced form of manipulation seen to date,” she added, noting that it aims to influence individuals’ decision-making and “to influence a group of a group of individuals on their behavior, to gain a tactical or strategic advantage.”
Raymond helps to oversee the NATO Fall 2021 Innovation Challenge on behalf of Canada’s DND, which delegated management obligations to the military’s IDEaS program.
“This challenge is calling for a solution that will support NATO’s nascent human domain and jump-start the development of a cognition ecosystem within the alliance, and that will support the development of new applications, new systems, new tools and concepts leading to concrete action in the cognitive domain.”
She emphasized that this “will require sustained cooperation between allies, innovators, and researchers to enable our troops to fight and win in the cognitive domain. This is what we are hoping to emerge from this call to innovators and researchers.”
“Applicants will receive national and international exposure and cash prizes for the best solution.” She then added tantalizingly, “This could also benefit the applicants by potentially providing them access to a market of 30 nations.”
Canadian military officer calls on corporations to invest in NATO’s cognitive warfare research.
Another FALL 2021 NATO Innovation Challenge managing institution is the CANSOFCOM.
Shekhar Gothi was the last panelist at the October 5 NATO Association of Canada event. He concluded the event about the cognitive warfare research.
In the spring of 2021, he noted that Portugal held a NATO Innovation Challenge focused on warfare in outer space.
In spring 2020, the Netherlands hosted a NATO Innovation Challenge focused on Covid-19.