Once counterintelligence reveals an adversary's intelligence exploitation activities within friendly forces' networks, CNC can feed manipulative information tied to a deception story or worthless information meant to saturate.
A deception story might require that certain actions be actually performed rather than simulated, and stand-alone artificial decoys may be unable to keep the adversary deceived for the length of time desired.
For instance, a key indicator of success might be that the adversary is focusing surveillance and reconnaissance resources or massing strike assets in ways that appear driven by the deception story. A decrease in adversary data exfiltration efforts from a given network following friendly-force CNC operations might suggest that the adversary is losing confidence in the networks usefulness for intelligence exploitation.
Deception story development is an art and a science.
(17) Montagu's concept for Operation Mincemeat was a deception story that centered on Major Bill Martin, a fictitious staff officer on the Allied Combined Operation staff who was traveling by air when his plane crashed off the coast of Spain.
(30) Ideally, a deception story leverages a preexisting bias of the deception target, and removes the ability for him to make an objective decision.
Feeding certain signals to HUMINT and SIGINT collectors prepares the deception story for enemy consumption, while hiding the indicators of one's own disposition and strength conceals one's true intentions.
Rumors can support the deception story, falsely indicating force movements or one's strength in a locale.
In the great deception story
of Jacob, Rebecca and Isaac.
This research showed that the joint publication could be improved by underscoring the contribution that deception provides to achieving surprise, the importance of integrating deception within all three levels of war, and the importance of exploiting an adversary's preexisting beliefs when creating a deception story. These three aspects were clearly critical to Allied deception operations and are reflected in the seven factors that are reviewed in detail later in this study.
(5) The Allies spread this deception story through the use of double agents, false communications, dummy encampments, recruiting of Greek interpreters, and collection of Greek and French maps and currencies.
"Special means" (agents) were also used to leak the deception story
. Due to this deception operation, the Allies were able to land the largest invasion force in history, with the Germans thinking (for the next six weeks) that it was only a diversion.(7)