Category: Russia

Putin propagandists pick up ex-Pentagon PSYOPpers

In an irony that illustrates the contrast in value that Russia and the U.S. place on sound information strategy, the Russian government’s international propaganda service has hired American PSYOP professionals left jobless after congressionally mandated program cuts. RT/Sputnik hired at least four contractors from the US Special Operations Command’s Trans Regional Web Initiative (TRWI), which Congress shut down last year....

Forward defense for frontline states: Exploit Russia’s internal vulnerabilities

In the face of unprovoked danger from Moscow, NATO’s front-line states should exploit Russia’s internal weaknesses to deter external aggression. Visiting Lithuania last week as a guest of the foreign ministry, I urged the country’s leaders and its growing online community to be assertive in the face of Russian subversion of their small country. Moscow has begun a propaganda campaign...

Investor’s Business Daily: Hillary Clinton’s email server a foreign spy magnet

The private email server of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, set up for personal secrecy purposes, was a “spy magnet” for foreign intelligence services. I wrote about the problem in Investor’s Business Daily. It is worth noting that I gave Clinton’s office a week to respond to my questions, and no one there chose to comment. The text of...

Kyiv Post: Ukraine’s secret weapon

Ukraine has a secret weapon that it can deploy to defend itself against Russian aggression and subversion, and to deter further Russian hybrid hostilities against other countries. I discuss “Ukraine’s Secret Weapon” in a guest piece published April 7 in the Kyiv Post. Here’s the text: Like no other country, non-aligned Ukraine has an untapped capability to defend itself against...

Anniversary of two articles: Foresight in hindsight

This weekend marks the anniversary of two articles that I wrote concerning Russia. They were about the future, based on learning from the past. About foresight. They weren’t anything special, really. What made them significant was that they examined and interpreted facts that most people didn’t want to know or discuss. The first article, written in 1999 for Insight magazine,...

In Forbes: Die-hard KGB men are still planting forged documents to pollute our thinking

“A once-feared KGB general now sits on suicide watch in a Vienna jail, a tawdry end to terrible tale. His strange story—worthy of a thriller—is a case study of how the former KGB uses forged documents to influence Western reporters, diplomats and politicians.” That’s the lead of my piece in Forbes, published September 3, which focuses on a former KGB...

Lithuania: One of the few NATO allies that ‘gets it’

As a collective defense alliance, NATO is made up of members with their own strengths and weaknesses – mostly weaknesses. However, where NATO as an organization is terribly weak – defense against hostile propaganda and subversion – there is one ally that can add value far beyond its small size. That ally is Lithuania. I visited Lithuania this week as...

Daily Caller: Why did we give Putin control over our satellite launches?

After Russia cut off the sole supply of first-stage booster engines to the U.S. Air Force’s Atlas V rockets – the rockets that place our military and intelligence satellites in orbit – I wrote a piece for The Daily Caller to alert the public to the problem, and to ask the question: Why did we let this happen? Here’s the...

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

How Ukraine can defend itself: Cut Gazprom’s gas & move the revolution to Russia

Ukraine has amazing leverage to press Russia to reverse its invasion, and to give the Europeans some backbone. That lever consists of two parts: (1) the colossal network of Gazprom pipelines that pump Russian gas into Europe, and European hard currency into Russia; and (2) the example of the Ukrainian revolution, which should spread to Russia to overthrow Vladimir Putin....