Sunday, October 30th 2016
“ . . . ‘modern insurgency’ [is] ‘… essentially a strategic communications campaign supported by military action rather than a military campaign supported by effective strategic communications.’”
Headline: 21st Century Maneuver Warfare
Subhead: Absorbing the lessonsRead More
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
This must-read article discussed new shapes of warfare and international competition that avoid kinetic “war” as Americans usually conceive it. The author reviewed Russia’s “hybrid warfare strategy,” China’s “salami slicing,” and the “iTerrorism” strategy by ISIS. He described “cyber,” narratives, information operations, “unconventional war, guerilla war, irregular war, hybrid war, non-linear war, next-generation war, ambiguous war, asymmetric war, limited war, shadow war, indirect war, small war, the gray zone, low-intensity conflict, and even ‘Military Operations Other Than War’ (MOOTW).
Headline: War in Peace
Subhead: Cyberspace has brought about an era of persistent confrontation.Read More
Sunday, September 11th 2016
“. . . a crowded, fractured, and transparent information environment has become a part of our daily existence. Popular emotion and public opinion are exerting greater constraints on policies and state actions. The information cacophony in the digital space, with plenty of misinformation and disinformation, has exacerbated our incredulity and distrust. * * * I see culture and the arts as a moderating force, as they help to release some of the tensions in an evolving international order under great stress . . .”
Friday, August 12th 2016
On July 27, 2016, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, spoke at the 2016 Deterrence Symposium. Here are excerpts from his speech that relate to information:
- Among our most significant challenges is Russia, which since 2014 has destabilized the European security system with an assertive behavior and provocative actions that challenge internationally recognized borders, norms and international laws.
- As a result of the changing environment, EUCOM together with NATO, has instituted a comprehensive shift from assurance to deterrence.
Sunday, July 17th 2016
The Polish scholars Jolanta Darczewska and Piotr Żochowski focused on an underlying theme in Russia’s propaganda – traditional concepts of “Russophobia,” with its connections to chauvinism, conflicts of values, shaping, isolationism, stigmatizing, intolerance, rhetoric, and domestic mobilization.
Their analysis – “Russophobia in the Kremlin’s strategy: A Weapon of Mass Destruction” – appeared in the Points of View series published by the Centre for Eastern Studies (Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia – OSW) in Warsaw in October, 2015. Here is the front summary of the paper’s theses:Read More