Category: Information operations

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....

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities

Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what I set out to do in my chapter, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” appearing in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to Combat Modern Radical Islam. The work was edited by Anna Bekele and...

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...

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...

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...

Indian general likens social network warfare to ancient Kautilya classic

Rumors spread online from Pakistan have caused panic in northeast India, prompting a retired Indian general to liken the tactic to a political warfare tactic described in an ancient Hindu text. The rumors build on social tensions caused by unchecked illegal immigration of Muslim Bangladeshi citizens into the region – and individuals in Pakistan are using social networking and texting...

Why all the hostility against investigating Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the US government?

The United States government is the world’s #1 target of foreign influence operations, as I teach in my graduate course on foreign propaganda. So it is only proper that the proper federal authorities – Members of Congress, the White House, the Justice Department, the FBI, and inspectors general of various agencies – remain vigilant of foreign entities that attempt to...

New professional advancement for security strategists – Still time to sign up

National security professionals: Want to jump-start your career by sharpening your strategic thinking? There’s still time to sign up for an intensive program that I’m directing at the Institute of World Politics. PASS:PORT is a new opportunity for US government national security professionals to stimulate their strategic thinking, advance their careers, and more effectively shape their actions in defense of the...

Catch-and-release: US tactical game with Taliban won’t produce a strategic victory

From the initial reports, it looks like another case of mirror-imaging, in which we think the enemy sees and understands things the same way we do. The Washington Post reports today that the US has been releasing top Taliban leaders to the enemy for years, in exchange for an unenforceable promise to renounce violence. According to the Post, “As the...