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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

Information Warfare · Public Diplomacy

The TV network at the forefront of Beijing’s foreign propaganda offensive


China has a very effective global broadcasting program in what used to be CCTV, now renamed and rebranded China Global Television Network. I’ve been to China on multiple occasions for work, stayed in some very ritzy hotels, and CCTV was the only channels I seemed to watch.  Their programming is high quality, their message broadcast in… Continue reading The TV network at the forefront of Beijing’s foreign propaganda offensive

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3C Model – Content, Communications, Cognitive


A close friend questioned the use of the word “penetrates” in this article “Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries“.  Without the following, it was difficult to explain using an alternative, a better word. My late friend and mentor, Dr. Dan Kuehl, frequently lectured on what he called the 3-C model. I’ve asked, repeatedly, for… Continue reading 3C Model – Content, Communications, Cognitive

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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

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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

Information operations · Public Diplomacy · Strategic Communication · Strategic Communications

David Hylton On “STRATCOM” In The Armed Forces


Please note, the term “Strategic Communication” (SC) does not have an “s” at the end, it is not pluralized. The author, LTC David Hylton, does not review how the concept of SC has been completely bastardized since its introduction and popularization since 9/11/01. The author also forgot to mention the now-famous George E. Little, then… Continue reading David Hylton On “STRATCOM” In The Armed Forces

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Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ-05) Trying To Defund VOA


House Asia Subcommittee chair Matt Salmon, you are now officially on my chit list.  Rep. Salmon Introduces Eighth Shrink our Spending (SOS) Bill to Defund Voice of America  Representative Salmon, I believe in term limits and yours is over. Let’s see, Mr. Congressman.  Two different US Congressmen introduced raw Russian propaganda into Congressional hearings.  Vice… Continue reading Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ-05) Trying To Defund VOA