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Strategy Bridge

Weaponized narrative is more effective when employed against targets with weakened mental defenses. Chaos weakens the mental defenses. Chaos can mean warfare, but it could also mean a swirling...

#Gailforce at Lima Charlie News

Not only does this article document the activities of the Russian government's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, it highlights the disconnect between the severity of the threat as...

The Fears of a Strongman

Weaponized narrative is used to strike at the source of power of an adversary. Russia targets democracies by undermining sense of national identity and creating chaos where there needs to be some...

Deutsche Welle

There is a tendency for American audiences to frame international trends only in domestic terms. This article is useful in that it indicates that fake news is having deleterious effects on the...

Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

Documents an operational attempt by the US military to weaponize narrative. -- jk

Plenty of pretty convincing evidence yet no apparent action being taken as a result of the most significant cyber attack in history. Why? --- JK

Emerging research suggests that believing in one conspiracy theory is a risk factor for believing in another. Individuals drawn to these sites out of a concern with the safety of vaccines, for...

A new study finds political polarization is increasing most among those who use the internet least

When it comes to delivery of weaponized narrative, Extensive National Bureau of Economic Research research says that while the polarization in America is certainly dramatic, it is not all about...

Techtank

The research shows the nature of what's different in today's information environment. It explains why regimes cannot rely on simply denying entry of journalists into areas in which war crimes were...

Fifth Domain - Cyber

This piece is an excellent layperson’s introduction to the history and importance of narrative in modern conflict. A link to the republished piece in Small Wars Journal is included because the...

Threatcasting Report: Army Cyber Institute

The U.S. military is facing an ever more unpredictable and uncertain future, and trying to develop as much understanding of what that may mean as possible. This report, done by an ex-Intel...

Recent events surrounding the presidential election in the United States have thrown Russia's capabilities and intentions in the information domain into renewed focus. The implications of facing a...

He did (almost) everything right and it still turned out wrong.

The legacy of Obama’s attempts to fight cyber war, according to this Defense One piece, is “He did (almost) everything right and it still turned out wrong.” If so, it is the classic example of...

The art of kompromat

A strong and enlightening piece from the Atlantic about how the Russians have repeatedly used blackmail to force powerful people to resign as a result of scandals triggered by weaponized postings...

In this campaign, the Pessimists Party is battling the Optimists over the American self-concept

This is my “New Story Wars” piece from August, 2016 – when the conventional wisdom was that Trump was a loser. It says wait – the future of political and cultural and societal battle is all...

Putin’s efforts to destabilize Western democratic processes are moving across Europe.

Patrick Tucker, of The Atlantic’s Defense One web magazine, is another example of ahead-of-the-curve serious folk taking seriously weaponized narrative attacks. This one is about attacking the...

Moscow didn’t do anything in America’s last election that Washington hasn’t done elsewhere in the world.

Another example of Foreign Policy – with the headline “Stealing Elections Is All in the Game” – being very tough and ahead of the pack on reporting examples of weaponized narrative attacks. –...

The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage. Can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?

I underlined many sentences in this remarkable Politico piece about what Putin thinks he’s up to in attacking with weaponized narrative. E.g, “What both administrations fail to realize is that...

The British ran a massive and illegal propaganda operation on American soil during World War II—and the White House helped.

If true – and not disinformation – the history of “fake news” operations run by the British in the U.S. during World War II was news to me. Of course, “if true” is a large caveat. Not clear...

Pretty good piece in The New York Times Magazine 19 March 2017 about, essentially, “the weaponization of everything.” (And I would say that even if they didn’t specifically call out our...

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