inform and influence activities · Information operations · Statistics

Why I’m Concerned About the Independence of U.S. Statistical Agencies


As least they won’t be as bad as Levada, in Russia.   Levada published a few reports which could be interpreted as critical of Russia and got shut down by the government.  A few short months later and they were working again. They are owned. </end editorial> Brent Moulton January 24, 2017 Are the White… Continue reading Why I’m Concerned About the Independence of U.S. Statistical Agencies

inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine


There’s a new automated propaganda machine driving global politics. How it works and what it will mean for the future of democracy. BERIT ANDERSON AND BRETT HORVATH ILLUSTRATION BY CODY FITZGERALD “This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never… Continue reading The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

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 · 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

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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

inform and influence activities · Information operations · Information Warfare

US to allocate funding for countries ‘most targeted by Russian aggression’


For the first time that I can remember, all four elements of national power are represented in a US national document. DIME, Diplomacy, Information, Military and Economic, represents the four elements of national power as taught at the US Senior Service Schools.  Perhaps there is hope for the future. Old dogs can learn new tricks. </end… Continue reading US to allocate funding for countries ‘most targeted by Russian aggression’

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Speech of U.S. Ambassador Pyatt at the “Countering Information War in Ukraine” Conference


Ambassador Pyatt spoke all the right words, especially highlighting that Ukraine should not attempt to match Russia word for word. Ukraine, instead, should strive to be successful and exemplify European, democratic values. To Russia, that is a stick in their eye.  A successful Ukraine defeats Russia – period. On a personal, professional note, Ukraine should… Continue reading Speech of U.S. Ambassador Pyatt at the “Countering Information War in Ukraine” Conference