Tagged: information operations

USA Today: “US ‘info ops’ programs dubious, costly”

USA Today runs a lengthy front-page story February 29 about information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that report is damning. I won’t summarize it here, but will encourage my students to read it thoroughly and critique it. As a spoiler, I must say that, based on working on information operations with the US military since 9/11, I agree with...

Will Barclays Bank be next target of patriot hackers?

Now that hackers and web activists have gone after online supporters of Wikifreak Julian Assange, one must ask, Will Barclays Bank and other British firms be next? Barclays is a big British bank that is housing a legal defense fund for Assange. According to Assange’s London defense team, Barclays is housing an account called “FSI – Julian Assange Defence Fund.”...

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...

Israelis make quick use of imagery to explain Hamas flotilla incident

The Israel Defense Forces made quick use of imagery to state their case concerning their enforcement of a blockade against Hamas-controlled Gaza, and the incident involving flotilla of civilian vessels reinforcing the terrorist group. In boarding one of the ships by helicopter, IDF troops can be seen using amazing restraint as they are set upon by mobs wielding clubs and...

Russia creates too many questions about Polish plane crash

The Russian government’s actions raise too many questions about the April 10 airplane crash that killed many of the most anti-Russian leaders of Poland. My recent conversations with informed Polish sources reveal so many irregularities with how the Russian government handled the crash that nobody should presume that the disaster was accidental until all the facts are in. I knew...

Not getting it in time for Kandahar

It began as a brilliantly executed operation near the Taliban’s main stronghold: the Marine-led campaign to take Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, earlier this year. Now we’re finding that the operation is bogging down and that the Afghan people aren’t helping us as we had anticipated. Somewhere along the way, the Marines apparently diverged from the playbook. They engaged the population...

Washington Times likes my Iran idea

Defense Secretary Bob Gates recently did some more truth-telling when he appeared to say in a memo that the US lacks a strategy to deal with the threats posed by the mullahocracy in Iran. Before the New York Times leaked the contents of the memo on April 18, the Washington Times editors picked up on an extemporaneous talk on political...

Getting serious about strategic influence

The US isn’t declining as a world power because of the war on terrorism. It’s declining because it has ceased to be serious about using strategic influence. The United States has become a military Achilles but a political Lilliputian. “More troops” seems to be the universal answer to the world’s security problems. Plus weak, plaintive cries for “more public diplomacy.”...

Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War: Short-term message strategies to combat the terrorists

This ground-breaking monograph by J Michael Waller departs from the conventional view of public diplomacy and international communication in time of war and argues for deploying messages as weapons of attack against the terrorists and other extremists. Proposing an immediate-term strategy that requires no bureaucratic reorganization or major budgetary changes, Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War is designed for...