Targeted Research – Influence Operations | Treadstone 71

Targeted Research to Identify and Neutralize Influence Operations

We use iterative results from targeted collection, creating information and intelligence on influence operations patterns, trends, and tendencies. Treadstone 71 examines data spanning open sources, the dark net, and social media non-inclusively, seeking antagonist information, trigger events, first appearance and operational activation, vector narratives, if there is a permanent and systematic influence campaign, actual manipulation activities, centers of gravity for propaganda, social media provocations, models for misinformation and disinformation messaging, and other active measures. 

Our analysis is evidence driven seeking strategic motivations and tactical activities that provide a partial, distorted or false view of your organization. We compare against a rich public record of the use of active measures and methods that use disinformation and propaganda as a core tool. This may include perpetual adversarial opposition in the information environment that allows for varied and overlapping approaches. The approaches may reinforce one another when oppearing contradictory. This ecosystem reflects both the sources of disinformation and propaganda—official government statements, state-funded media outlets, proxy websites, bots, false social media personas, cyber-enabled disinformation operations,—and the different tactics that these channels use.

We seek false narratives that fine tune adversary disinformation narratives that suit target audiences, hiding the true source(s) providing plausible deniablity for the adversary.  Our efforts include examination of media sources with stories that carry potentially dangerous effects at the international, national, and local level. This may include the weaponization of social media, cultivation of proxy sources, and cyber-enabled disinformation meant to sow chaos, confusion, and create socio-cultural divisions.

Our service includes recommendations for countering the campaigns including active and passive measures.