Active Measures Working Group
Saturday, January 28th 2017
It is possible that the State Department Global Engagement Center could provide a good model for the coordination, integration, and synchronization of messaging but it will require a focus beyond counterterrorism and a home that can truly have access to senior interagency leadership rather than being buried in the bureaucracy. In whatever form, the new capability must operate with the agility of a new-media start-up.
Authors: Jim Ludes and Mark JacobsonRead More
Friday, January 13th 2017
As history has repeatedly demonstrated, realistic and well-informed consideration of and investment in American public diplomacy, not steroids, make U.S. counter-propaganda successful.
Author: Nicholas J. CullRead More
Monday, October 10th 2016
“The executive branch is neither equipped nor structured to combat influence operations from cyberspace. Unity of effort is lacking or nonexistent, and disparate efforts are scattered across multiple departments and agencies. This allows adversaries to outmaneuver and outpace slow, lumbering government bureaucracy and push their preferred narrative at lightning speed.”
Wednesday, September 21st 2016
“This study explains how one part-time interagency committee established in the 1980s to counter Soviet disinformation effectively accomplished its mission. Interagency committees are commonly criticized as ineffective, but the Active Measures Working Group is a notable exception. The group successfully established and executed U.S. policy on responding to Soviet disinformation.”
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
“Russian occupation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine in Donbas demonstrated the climax in use of propaganda and media manipulations, fakes and forgeries. They are a just a part of active measures conducted by the Kremlin and amending its military capacity and diplomacy efforts to cover it up,” writes Yevhen Fedchenko in an article soon to be published in the journal of the Estonian National Defense College. An advance text of his “Kremlin Propaganda: Soviet Active Measures by Other Means” ran on the stopfake.org website on March 21, 2016, and on the To Inform is to Influence website the next day.
A key point is “the same themes for fakes and forgeries used in USSR since 1950s . . . are used now. The only thing that changed is the parasitizing of Kremlin propaganda on the Western concept of liberal values that allows Kremlin to disguise it under the pretext of freedom of speech and delivering ‘the other point of view’.” Among Fedchenko’s references are the Soviet Active Measures Working Group in the U.S. Information Agency.Read More