Project Details


This project will provide Navy commanders with tools, methods, and training programs to assess the threat posed by terrorist narratives among contested populations. We draw on research and theories from communication, anthropology, media and cultural studies to develop a database of cultural archetypes, associated terrorist narratives and their local ideological functions. We then apply diffusion of innovation, ideodynamics, memetics, and transmediation theories and research to develop a model of terrorist narrative traction, yielding a heat index method to measure the saturation of narratives/counter-narratives in contested areas. Trained expeditionary teams consisting of a communication expert, two Navy professionals, and a local contact will test the tools in three proposed contested populations in thirty-day missions. These tools will form the basis of a Narrative Reconnaissance Training Manual and DINFOS short course.
Effective start/end date4/1/093/31/15


  • DOD-NAVY: Office of Naval Research (ONR): $3,664,049.00


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