Toward Culturally Informed Option Awareness for Influence Operations with S-CAT


Murray, K., Lowrance, J., Sharpe, K., Williams, D., Grembam, K., Holloman, K., … & Tynes, R. (2011, March). Toward culturally informed option awareness for influence operations with S-CAT. In International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (pp. 2-9). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.


The Socio-Cultural Analysis Tool (S-CAT) is being developed to help decision makers better understand the plausible effects of actions taken in situations where the impact of culture is both significant and subtle. We describe S-CAT in the context of a hypothetical influence operation that serves as an illustrative use case. One of the many challenges in developing S-CAT involves providing transparency into the model. S-CAT does this by providing explanations of the analysis it provides. This paper describes how S-CAT can improve option-awareness during influence operations and discusses the explanation capabilities used by S-CAT to support transparency into the model.

Keywords: Modeling Culture, Effects-Based Modeling, Forecasting Effects

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