Category: Psychological warfare

A look at psychological warfare – past, present and future.

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...

Captured FARC messages show success of divisive operations

Internal emails of the Colombian FARC leadership show the guerrilla organization to be plagued by divisions, poor discipline, weakened command, and distrust among commanders. Colombia’s increasingly sophisticated counterinsurgency strategy of the past few years, and strong US support, are cited with exacerbating divisions within the FARC. The news also shows the effectiveness of the Colombian military and police with exploiting...

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...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

This is the kind of info we should be using to discredit adversaries

Radical Islamists who claim to hold the moral high ground are often vulnerable to revelations about their own behavior. It is important for the US and its allies to diminish and undermine the moral stature of radical Islamists by publicizing information that disgraces them in the eyes of their followers and supporters. In shame-based cultures, this disgrace can extend to...

Case studies in divisive operations

Case Studies This page contains links to instances of divisive operations, to provide descriptions of how they actually worked (or failed to work).   Trust Operation (False anti-Bolshevik movement to lure opponents, including sleeper cells and exiles, in order to wipe them out, 1921-27) Bailey, Geoffrey [Pseud.], The Conspirators (New York: Harper, 1960. London: Gollancz, 1961). This book is under-appreciated...

Divisive operations videos contain valuable lessons

Here is a selection of short videos to show how effectively divisive operations can work in successful counterinsurgency. The videos to divide the FARC insurgents in Colombia proved to be effective in prompting FARC combatants to desert, and in involving the national population in an uplifting manner. The operation empowered the ordinary Colombian to play a role against the FARC....