China · Information operations · Information Warfare · Iran · North Korea · Russia

CSIS: By Other Means—Part I: Campaigning in the Gray Zone


THIS is the most alarming part of the report, and we, the United States, are not even engaged (except against ISIS). Look and see if this isn’t the playbook for China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, named in the report as the “Gray-Zone Challengers”. The Gray Zone Toolkit These challengers primarily use the following coercive… Continue reading CSIS: By Other Means—Part I: Campaigning in the Gray Zone

China · Information operations · Information Warfare

Hacker Heaven: Huawei’s Hidden Back Doors Found


How do you find hundreds of vulnerabilities hidden in millions of lines of firmware code? By   SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.on July 05, 2019 at 7:00 AM WASHINGTON: In a world where Chinese hackers steal everything from F-35 schematics to federal personnel files, why should we worry about Huawei? Because, cybersecurity experts explain, network routers, surveillance… Continue reading Hacker Heaven: Huawei’s Hidden Back Doors Found

China · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

ASPI Strategist: Beyond Balancing”: Alternative U.S. Grand Strategies for Dealing with China and Russia


25 Jun 2019 Peter Layton It’s time to start paying attention. The US–China spat is doubling down. The hardline speeches given by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and then acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue revealed that both sides are preparing to fight their corners. In this, the most exposed… Continue reading ASPI Strategist: Beyond Balancing”: Alternative U.S. Grand Strategies for Dealing with China and Russia

China · Information operations

Is China’s new payment system the future?


DOWNLOAD Download the full report Aaron Klein Sunday, June 16, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY While America spent the past decade upgrading its bank based magnetic striped cards with chips, China experienced a retail payment revolution. Leapfrogging the card-based system, two new payment systems have come to dominate person-to-person, retail, and many business transactions. China’s new system… Continue reading Is China’s new payment system the future?

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · Ukraine

Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (82)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Another tumultuous week. Russia’s descent into the abyss continues, as the sorry chronicle of domestic decay depicts. Post Soviet republic updates. Iran is a major topic this week, with the US deploying four Buffs and a CVBG to discourage Iran’s proxies from actioning reported directives to attack,… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (82)

China · Information operations · Information Warfare

New report explains how China thinks about information warfare


By: Mark Pomerleau   The Department of Defense’s annual report on China’s military and security developments provides new details about how China’s military organizes its information warfare enterprise, an area that has been of particular interest to U.S. military leaders. In 2015, the People’s Liberation Army created the Strategic Support Force, which centralizes space, cyber,… Continue reading New report explains how China thinks about information warfare

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (81)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> The sorry tale of Russia’s descent continues, four especially interesting digests by Prof Goble, and a fascinating report on Chinese immigration to the Lake Baikal region. Has Ukraine also destabilized its friend Kazakhstan? Two most interesting reports on Iran – the reported defection of a senior IRGC… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (81)