Category: Counterpropaganda

Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement

The US Army has published my chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations...

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...

No Defeat Jihad Summit strategy author was invited to White House CVE summit

Among the many experts and practitioners invited to participate in the White House’s Countering Violent Extremism strategy summit, not one was involved with the Defeat Jihad Summit strategy sponsored earlier this month. This is significant, as the Defeat Jihad Summit authors approach the issue as an ideological one, requiring ideological warfare – something that the White House has opposed. Equally...

‘How to identify misinformation’ – A reprint of the guide that the State Department purged

The US Department of State used to maintain a page on its website to advise people “How to identify misinformation.” The site, launched on March 9, 2005, has since been taken down and scrubbed from the State Department’s electronic archive. The URL was http://usinfo.state.gov/media/misinformation.html. An image of an archived State Department page that contains the text of a May 31, 2005...

CNN discusses US propaganda effort against ISIS

Today, Ashleigh Banfield of CNN ran a segment on US propaganda efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. The US State Department seems very proud of its “Just Say No”-style videos designed to persuade prospective ISIS recruits from joining the cause. Ashleigh seemed very skeptical – and rightly so – about the effort, and CNN invited me over for an...

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...

See you at the public diplomacy event at Heritage

On January 24, I’ll be speaking at the Heritage Foundation at noon today with Amy Zalman of the National War College, and Ariel Cohen and Dean Cheng of Heritage, on global public opinion as a force for change and how to harness it. The presentation is to be webcast live. Longtime co-conspirator Helle Dale is chairing the event. The title...

Dr Waller to speak at 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit

(Institute of World Politics news release)  On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, IWP professor J. Michael Waller, PhD, will discuss “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy: Countering Information Designed to Mislead or Persuade” at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Please click here for more information.

The dog that didn’t bark: Mullahs cover hearing on VOA, but don’t comment on regime bias

The mullahs’ reporting of the April 7 US congressional hearing about pro-regime bias at the Voice of America reads like Sherlock Holmes’ case of the dog that didn’t bark. In solving a murder mystery, Holmes reasoned that because the dog at the victim’s home didn’t bark, it must have known the killer. By deduction, the great detective solved the mystery....

How to stop terrorist TV from trumping military information ops

While the Israel Defense Forces released its video quickly about the armed jihadist mobs who attacked Israeli commandos aboard the blockade-breaking Hamas ship, its speed was good in bureaucratic terms but still too slow for the infosphere. Allied militaries still must act faster, with the speed of commercial news organizations, and, like journalists, in anticipation of dramatic events as tense...