The Artifice Story
Artifice have been delivering applied training in guile and cunning for 5 years. But it took us a while to get here…
The Artifice team were all originally Government scientists working in DRA, DERA, DSTL and QinetiQ. Initially, we led projects looking at supporting UK warfighters to work more effectively together.
Fifteen years ago we moved our research emphasis to how to retrofit those ideas to disrupt and pull down the adversary teams our customers faced. One by one we transitioned to academia joining Cranfield University’s Defence and Security School at the UK’s Defence Academy in Shrivenham.
At the Defence Academy we research and teach Masters level courses in: Cyber and Information Operations; Psychological and Information Warfare; and Military and Cyber Deception. Our international military student cohorts face unprecedented complexity in the operational theatres they are deployed to. Our mission is to support their professional practice at all levels of the fight.
10/10. This course fired up my brain and shifted gears to start analysing in a more effective and ‘out of the box’ way.”US Course 2019
The course has provided me with a method to break down and clarify my thinking around operational problems of all kinds, not just influence and deception.”UK Course 2018
The course was absolutely enlightening. It has provided me with a good foundation for the principles of Information Operations in a way that the US military have lost sight of.”US Course 2017
Solid informative framework to use when developing operations by using detailed modelling and concise language. Will certainly have a major impact on my future work and simplification of ops planning.”UK Course 2018
An exceptionally well-delivered system that provided new insights, rigour and structure to established planning methods. Course materials were clear, concise and invaluable to continued development of newly acquired skills.”UK Course 2018
The course provided a methodology which makes you focus on what you actually want to achieve and how you might do it. I will be using this in the future.”UK Course 2019
Exceptional course! Simply and smartly executed with direct application to multiple focus areas. This course will show you how brilliant and accessible influence and deception strategies can be applied operationally.”US Course 2017
This is hands down the most organized class I have taken since being operational. It’s not just about deception but how to think and then how to convey ideas to colleagues.”US Course 2019
The Artifice System fills a void in current tools and techniques for adversary planning. I will use this in every element of leading my operational teams.”US Course 2019
Awesome course! A must for Field-grade and Senior Commissioned Officers. Many applications in Strategic Planning and effective implementation of military plans. Well executed. Operational Commanders will need this training.”US Course 2019