little-noticed report earlier this month, the Defense Department's
powerful Defense Science Board recommended creation of an entity
designed solely for "strategic deception" against US adversaries.
"Specifically," the report reads (pdf),
"we recommend that the Secretary [of Defense] task both the Under
Secretaries of Defense for Policy and Intelligence, and the Joint
Staff, working with the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence, to create a tiger team to lay out courses of action and a
way ahead for establishing a standing strategic surprise/deception
entity. Once the initial work has been completed, all parts of the
interagency should be brought into this effort."
deception has in the past provided the United States with significant
advantages that translated into operational and tactical success," it
continues. "Successful deception also minimizes U.S. vulnerabilities,
while simultaneously setting conditions to surprise adversaries."
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