Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Ex-CIA chief criticizes Russia policy: ‘Never in my lifetime’ seen such a ‘confused message’

There is one person responsible for synchronizing the national message, the job is usually delegated to the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. We have had none since Monica Crowley left.

State cannot do it, especially not the GEC. The BBG cannot do it, and USAID cannot do it.  Politicians absolutely cannot do it. Somebody should be in the job who knows Information Warfare, Information Operations, Strategic Communications, and Public Diplomacy. 

The last time the job was done properly was in 2009, by Mark Pfeifle and Kevin McCarty. 

Nobody is coordinating, synchronizing, and directing the instruments of Strategic Communications for the government of the United States of America. Nobody is reaching into academia, the corporate world, or the public for expertise and assistance. Nobody is coordinating with programs both internal to and outside the United States, to ensure maximum effectiveness of our efforts to counter Russian and Chinese information warfare. 

This is not working. 

</end editorial>

Updated 10:12 PM ET, Fri August 3, 2018

Washington (CNN) Leon Panetta, who was CIA director under President Barack Obama, criticized the Trump administration’s response to Russia’s election interference, saying in a CNN interview Friday, “I have never in my lifetime seen an administration that is presenting such a confused message when it comes to a national security threat.”

Panetta told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360” that the administration is “sending a very mixed message to both our enemies and our allies” on Moscow’s interference, and said “the United States does not have a clear policy when it comes to Russia.”
The Trump administration’s varied messages were on display Thursday when President Donald Trump decried what he referred to as the “Russian hoax” during a speech at a rally, just hours after his top national security officials warned the American public of the threat posed by continuing Russian attempts to influence US elections.
Panetta said it looks like the President is trying to “send two messages” with respect to Russia.
“One is a message to the Russians and to his base. The message to the Russians is ‘keep doing what you’re doing,’ and the message to his base is ‘regardless of the facts, please stick with me and listen to me,’ ” Panetta said.
“The other message is one to the majority of the American people, which is that US policy remains the same, that it remains firm with regards to Russia and that we’re taking steps to try to protect our country,” the ex-CIA director said.
Panetta said that together the two messages lead to “tremendous confusion about just exactly what the United States of America really stands for.”
Last month, the President stunned observers and prompted a rebuke from top Republicans in Congress when, at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he declined to endorse the assessment of the US intelligence community that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US election.
Facing a backlash, Trump later said he had misspoken and then said he holds Putin personally responsible for Russian interference.