U.S. Information Agency
Thursday, January 19th 2017
“You can call it ‘information warfare,’ ‘hybrid warfare,’ or ‘political warfare,’ but whatever you call it, an adversary’s attempts to shape the minds and will of people toward a political end is not new to the United States. Nor will this be the first time the United States sought to wield these weapons against its foes.”
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. . . by blocking the development and deployment of civilian and overt activities, Fulbright’s actions on the Freedom Academy and the Smith-Mundt Act have done more to militarize American foreign policy than any other single act by denying Congress, policymakers, and practitioners critical experience, methods, and historical precedent to properly defend the nation through nonmilitary means.
Author: Matthew ArmstrongRead 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
Saturday, January 7th 2017
"Yesterday’s hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee on cyber threats highlighted the fact that the United States is at war on multiple fronts with Russia, China and several lesser powers. This is not a war in the traditional sense. It involves continuous cyber intrusions into all aspects of American life: politics, economics, governance and the military. . . . . It involves a massive information warfare campaign, once called propaganda, against U.S. and allied policies and institutions."
Author: Dan GoureRead More
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
“Putin has borrowed a page from America’s Cold War playbook and seeks to expose the rot within the West, and especially within the United States, as a means of destroying Western cohesion, diminishing American influence and leadership, and reinforcing Russia. The means employed by Russia are modern, including hacking and cyber-espionage, but, at its core, this is an influence operation of the kind embraced by the United States in the first decade of the Cold War.”
Headline: The Russians Read our Cold War PlaybookRead More
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
“The United States disbanded the U.S. Information Agency after the Cold War and currently fields no apparatus to detect and mitigate Russia’s social media influence campaign. As seen in America’s disjointed counter narratives against the Islamic State, efforts to create any kind of U.S. information strategy are plagued by disparate and uncoordinated efforts strewn among many military, diplomatic, and intelligence commands. American cyber operations and hacking reside separately with the National Security Agency. Russia, on the other hand, seamlessly integrates the two efforts to devastating effect.”
Editor’s note: This is a rich article that should be read in full by all Public Diplomacy practitioners and scholars. Not all heavy reading, it’s leavened with social and cyber analysis; examples drawn from from White House petitions and the price of Disney stock; examples of white, gray, and black propaganda; and even the Russian use of “honeypots.”
Subhead: Trump isn’t the end of Russia’s information war against America. They are just getting started.Read More