Countering Cognitive Attacks

Innovation Challenge


As many of you know from our Blog, LinkedIn, and Twitter feed, the NATO Innovation Hub’s Fall 2021 Innovation Challenge is underway – and in full cooperation with this semester’s host, The Department of National Defense of Canada.

The NATO Innovation Challenge series is an important driver for the creation of new participants and partners and the expansion of our network. But due to the impacts of COVID, the event will be fully online.  

The current challenge is seeking new applications to explore cognitive aspects of warfare.

Neurosciences and new communications tools such as social media have brought a unique perspective to the human aspects of military operations. This emerging threat of modern warfare goes beyond controlling the flow of information. Cognitive warfare seeks to change not only what people think, but also how they act. Its objective is to sow dissonance, instigate conflicting narratives, polarize opinion, and radicalize groups.

Cognitive warfare can motivate people to act in ways that can disrupt or fragment an otherwise cohesive society. Adversarial attempts to manipulate human behaviour will present an enduring challenge to Allied nations’ defence and security. Attacks against the cognitive domain involve the integration of cyber, disinformation/misinformation, psychological, and social-engineering capabilities. 

The NATO Innovation Challenge is soliciting the best solutions to help decision-makers detect, respond to, and defend against cognitive attacks to maintain peace and security within the Alliance.  

But as we’ve said before, the Innovation Hub and its Innovation Challenge is only as strong as its contributors. That’s why we need you at the Innovation Challenge table. With your help, we know we can efficiently tackle any problem and build a stronger Alliance and more collaborative global innovation community.

Deadline for the Innovation Challenge is November 4. Please join today! at