In the last decade, we have seen a series of events that used the Internet as an effective tool to ignite political agendas, support rebel movements and promote insurgent propaganda.
Given the global rise of social networking and its influence on human behavior and perception, military training exercises that do not incorporate social media analysis and engagement are missing an essential element of today's operating environment.
IDS International has developed a scenario-based capability that provides social media inputs and open-source replication to help training units better understand the virtual human domain and its relevance to planning and operations:
The Social Media Environment and Internet Replication (SMEIR) is a program designed by IDS International to help U.S. military forces better understand the operating environment of the 21st Century. We help improve units' capacity to identify group affiliations, prepare for key leader engagements, highlight potential power brokers, make more effective use of open source intelligence, support real-time situational awareness, improve understanding of atmospherics and identify mission-relevant information.