Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · United States

Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (60)


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Russia’s internal meltdown is simply remarkable, what is amazing is that it still exhibits the cohesion it does. MidEast developments continue along a predictable track. Many interesting reports on the DPRK and PRC. Europe is in political turmoil along multiple tracks. AUS opens the door to Chinese… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (60)

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · United States

Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia’s Word Cannot Be Trusted


WASHINGTON — Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in contradiction to signed treaties and the Law of the Sea show that Russia cannot be counted on to keep its word, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Pentagon today. The secretary spoke to reporters while awaiting the arrival of… Continue reading Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia’s Word Cannot Be Trusted

CounterPropaganda · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · United States · USAGM

What Of This “Worldwide Network”? It’s Called The Vastly Underfunded USAGM


If you follow the news, you might have seen a reference to two Tweets by US President Donald Trump about a “Worldwide Network”. I have read a whole stack of interpretations, mostly damning, by the media. The worst version, by far, is that President Trump wants to establish his own version of RT. At no… Continue reading What Of This “Worldwide Network”? It’s Called The Vastly Underfunded USAGM

BBG · BBG Watch · Information operations · Information Warfare · USAGM

No Mention on Tax-funded VOA News Website of Possible Blexit


Reblogged from BBG Watch, No Mention on Tax-funded VOA News Website of Possible Blexit. “Fair and objective”, this was the phrase used repeatedly by multiple senior editors within the USAGM, the former Broadcasting Board of Governors. This was what they said they did to avoid the appearance of propaganda within their bureau at the US Agency… Continue reading No Mention on Tax-funded VOA News Website of Possible Blexit

China · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

New RAND Research:  Countering Russian Social Media Influence


I found the report good, but not very good.  The report is written in a “little map, big hand” fashion.  The recommendations are general, so vague as to not have substance, and not really useful.  Of note, the onus is placed on Social Media corporations to “inform key audiences”. Hopefully, that includes educating users as… Continue reading New RAND Research:  Countering Russian Social Media Influence

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · United States

Russia Violates INF, ‘Aghast’ US May Withdraw, Putin Jokes US “Picked All The Olives” And Only Has Arrows


Russia acts shocked that the US may withdraw from the INF. Secretly they are probably sniggering that the US is the only country seemingly restrained by a piece of paper. ‘We are preparing for war’ Russia issues SHOCK warning over US withdrawal from INF Treaty Russia routinely violates the INF. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty… Continue reading Russia Violates INF, ‘Aghast’ US May Withdraw, Putin Jokes US “Picked All The Olives” And Only Has Arrows

cyberwar · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russian trolls get DM from US Cyber Command: We know who you are. Stop it


This warms my heart, the cyber-attornies involved have finally not impeded an operation.  So many questions are left unanswered, however.  Was the recipient an identified leader Was a whole shift DMed?   Was the DM in Russian or English? What were the words? Who approved, at what level? Was it a generic “stop it”, or was… Continue reading Russian trolls get DM from US Cyber Command: We know who you are. Stop it