Broadcasting Board of Governors · Influence · inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare · Political Warfare · Psychological Operations · Public Diplomacy

Spotlight: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications


Dear Mr. President, Attention: the future National Security Advisor For the past eight years, the position of Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications was not filled properly and was not executed, almost not at all. As a result, the Strategic Communications community and capabilities of the United States suffered. This came at a tremendous cost… Continue reading Spotlight: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications

Influence · Information Warfare

Handful of “highly toxic” Wikipedia editors cause 9% of abuse on the site


New study of Wikipedia comments reveals most attackers aren’t anonymous. ANNALEE NEWITZ – 2/10/2017, 3:48 PM 3D representation of 30 days of Wikipedia talk-page revisions, of which 1092 contained toxic language (shown as red if live, gray if reverted) and 164,102 were non-toxic (shown as dots). Hoshi Ludwig We’ve all heard anecdotes about trolling on… Continue reading Handful of “highly toxic” Wikipedia editors cause 9% of abuse on the site

Influence · inform and influence activities · Information Warfare · Russia

John McCain says US has no strategy to deal with Russian information warfare


I changed one word in the title, replacing cyber with information. Senator McCain is talking about Russia influencing the election and cyber played only a minor part in that.  I choose not to perpetuate a myth. </end editorial> In audio obtained by the Guardian, McCain says ‘it is the one aspect of our confrontation where… Continue reading John McCain says US has no strategy to deal with Russian information warfare

Influence · inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare · Political Warfare

How Trump can defend the US against information warfare


As is the case, too often, in Washington DC, this article says ‘we need to do something’, here are some things that were done in the past, but we have no substantive, innovative options to offer.  Perhaps what is being said is “hire us, we’ll advise you”. Washington DC should not work that way. The… Continue reading How Trump can defend the US against information warfare

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National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages


Now, more than ever, we need a National Information Strategy that is insulated from domestic politics. This article highlights several serious problems which this administration is loathe to admit, Democrats cannot stop cheerleading enough to see, and that Republicans cannot stop attacking enough to fix this. We have a severe lack of military experience in… Continue reading National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages

Influence · inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare

The Future of Information Activities


For those of you in my professional world, I’ve been doing a fairly deep dive into “Measures of Effectiveness” for the past few weeks. This has led to the discovery of some incredible tools that do semantic analysis and sentiment analysis, some in foreign languages. Some of the tools are mature, others are not.  Yet… Continue reading The Future of Information Activities

Influence · Russia

Presentation: “Hybrid Wars, New Name for Russian Influence Activities”


November 19, 2015: Colonel Aivar Jaeski’s lecture on “Hybrid Wars, New Name for Russian Influence Activities” On Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7 pm at Tartu College, Colonel Aivar Jaeski will be giving a lecture on the topic: Hybrid War, New Name for Russian Influence Activities. In English. No admission fee. A small donation to VEMU… Continue reading Presentation: “Hybrid Wars, New Name for Russian Influence Activities”