Information Warfare · Russia

Counter-Propaganda, IO, SC, PD Special for 8 March 2017


There is so much going on with SC, IO, PD, and Information Warfare, I believe it’s best to consolidate all the different pieces. 

The press is doing a noble effort writing about Russian information warfare. I just don’t believe the United States leadership sees the threat.  Not the President, not State, not Congress.  What is it going to take to kick them in the… 

Russia is up to the same old tricks, and if you look carefully enough, you’ll see the structure of their IW organization peeking through.  If you aren’t familiar with how it’s structured, it almost does not make sense. There is almost nothing original in what Russia is doing. There are only new ways of delivery. 

What is noteworthy is how many targets that Russia has in its IW crosshairs at any one time. “It’s us against the world” and they’re concentrating on all of them. 

The two pieces by Newsweek’s Damien Sharkov are more like Russian propaganda pieces than most Russian propaganda.  I wonder why?

Twice in two days, Presidential spokesman Peskov did not have any details and referred the reporter to ‘the government’.  

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Russia’s RT Network: Is It More BBC or K.G.B.?

LONDON — The London newsroom and studios of RT, the television channel and website formerly known as Russia Today, are ultramodern and spacious, with spectacular views from the 16th floor overlooking the Thames and the London Eye. And, its London bureau chief, Nikolay A. Bogachikhin, jokes, “We overlook MI5 and we’re near MI6,” Britain’s domestic and foreign intelligence agencies.

Mr. Bogachikhin was poking fun at the charge from Western governments, American and European, that RT is an agent of Kremlin policy and a tool directly used by President Vladimir V. Putin to undermine Western democracies — meddling in the recent American presidential election and, European security officials say, trying to do the same in the Netherlands, France and Germany, all of which vote later this year.

But the West is not laughing. Even as Russia insists that RT is just another global network like the BBC or France 24, albeit one offering “alternative views” to the Western-dominated news media, many Western countries regard RT as the slickly produced heart of a broad, often covert disinformation campaign designed to sow doubt about democratic institutions and destabilize the West.

Want to Win Wars? Fund Soft Power, Trump’s Generals Say

The president’s proposal to boost military spending at the expense of diplomacy and foreign aid won’t lead to victory.

“We never win, and we don’t fight to win,” President Trump said this week, unveiling a budget that would boost defense spending by double-digits while cutting the State Department by 37 percent.

But those leading America’s military effort have never been more vocal about the need for development dollars and the indispensability of diplomatic efforts working in tandem with kinetic ones.

Take the new plan to to bring the fight to ISIS, delivered to the president this week. “This plan is a political-military plan; it is not a military plan,” said Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “In the development of the plan, we have been completely engaged at every level with the State Department…Not only will it be a whole-of-government approach,” Dunford said, it’s “about a trans-regional threat.”

Here’s what non-fake news looks like

By Michael Schudson FEBRUARY 23, 2017

JOURNALISTS LITERALLY “MAKE” NEWS. They do not find it. They do not publish transcripts of reality. Even in their best efforts, they would not provide a copy of reality, but reality in a frame, reality enhanced, reality reconfigured by being heightened on a page or a screen, reality retouched by the magic of publication itself.

Whether it is Macedonian teenagers wanting to make a buck or far-right conspiracy-minded partisans trying to roil the waters, “fake news” is even more a part of today’s vocabulary than “truthiness” was a decade ago. The big difference is that the current President of the United States likes to grab headlines with reckless assertions that he then peddles to the public without evidence. Presidents have a bully pulpit. When they place troops on a battlefield, even many people who saw no point in war rally round the flag; when they have potentially cancerous polyps removed from their colons (Ronald Reagan), thousands of people pick up the phone and make colonoscopy appointments. If a President can inadvertently push people to undergo colonoscopies, what else might a President do by example or by words? When a President declares the news media the “enemy of the American people,” what might otherwise reasonable citizens be inclined to think?

This is a delicate moment, for no one more than journalists, whose job it is to make news, as it is a carpenter’s to build houses. But there are rules for both crafts. To make news, with all of its inevitable departures from reality, is not to fake it. Nor is it to displace an effort to capture something about the real world for the sale of a favorite candidate or cause. Genuine news, and not fake news or hyped news or corrupt news, puts reality first; it does not subordinate honest reporting to ideological consistency or political advocacy. It does not curry favor with advertisers, or with the publisher’s business interests, or even with the tastes of the audience.

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