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    I was just explaining the CSTO to a friend and ran across this. </end editorial> Sep 8, 2016 Albert Hayrapetyan CSTO has failed to follow the successful path of NATO because of the different priorities, interests and mindset of its member states. Most importantly, there is no “Article 5” that binds each state together in a… Continue reading Why the Collective Security Treaty Organization is a pale replica of NATO

    joelharding1234The leaders of the CSTO countries visit Russian Defense Ministry control room in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Photo: RIA Novosti / Presidential Press Servicejoelharding1234The leaders of the CSTO countries visit Russian Defense Ministry control room in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Photo: RIA Novosti / Presidential Press Service

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    By RUSS READ Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter The U.S. Army is about to make a technological leap as it prepares to field a small, yet ultra-powerful laser weapon system. Lockheed Martin announced it had completed the design, development and demonstration of the Army’s new laser in a press release Thursday. The 60-kilowatt laser is one of the… Continue reading The US Army Is About To Deploy One Of The Most Powerful Laser Weapons In Existence

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    This was actually published yesterday, 19 March 2017. </end editorial> By Paul Goble Today, on the third anniversary of Putin’s Crimean Anschluss, the Russian government is orchestrating demonstrations across Russia in support of that action. But there are five signs that popular support for “Crimea is Ours” is far from universal: First, in St. Petersburg,… Continue reading Five signs of less than universal Russian approbation of Crimean Anschluss

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    Posted on March 19, 2017 by Brad D. Williams http://fifthdomain.com/2017/03/19/how-russia-adapted-kgb-active-measures-to-cyber-operations-part-i/ This article is Part I of a two-part series previewing the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Monday hearing on Russia. Part I looks at how active measures were created by and evolved with the Soviet security state, examples of historical active measures and… Continue reading How Russia adapted KGB ‘active measures’ to cyber operations, Part I

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    Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. Congratulations to Unian.net for using the proper nomenclature: “the Russian occupation forces…” </end editorial> Russia has had an interesting day in the MSM. The “Laundromat” report broke and is generating a lot of MSM interest, more so as the MSM have done what law enforcement should have been doing… Continue reading Russia / New Administration Media Ad Hoc – 21 March 2017

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    Overall concept, excellent.   I agree with his concept of forming an IO basic branch, leaving the functional area of IO behind.  I believe the personnel issues will be like military intelligence, there is a need for Captains and few Lieutenants.   I believe what he’s proposing is necessary.  The Russians have pushed much of this… Continue reading Viral Conflict: Proposing the Information Warfighting Function

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    This is a compilation of news, articles, essays, and reports on strategic communications, Public Diplomacy, public affairs, U.S. government international broadcasting, and information operations.  The editorial intent is to: share with busy practitioners the academic and policy ferment in Public Diplomacy and related fields from long speeches, testimonies, and articles, flag the portions that bear… Continue reading Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy “Seen on the Web” March 19, 2017

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  • 03/22/17--02:15: Weaponizing Headlines
  • “Weaponized a fake headline”… After a night of restless sleep, contemplating the limits and capabilities of the laws of physics in theoretical directed energy weapons design, these four words caught my attention. Second paragraph of this AP story…  A few major points emerge out of this story which I find significant.  Readers are inherently lazy,… Continue reading Weaponizing Headlines

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    By Jeanne Brooks, James Geary, Burt Herman, Jenny 8. Lee, Phillip Smith, and Claire Wardle Misinformation, and increasingly disinformation, is distorting the public’s ability to make sense of the world around them, threatening the democratic process around the globe. While not a new phenomenon, the problem is compounded by both the speed that information travels… Continue reading Event: MisinfoCon, A Summit on Misinformation, Feb 24–26, at MIT Media Lab & The Nieman Foundation for Journalism

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    Worked Example by Christopher Paul To achieve key national security objectives, the U.S. government and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) must effectively and credibly communicate with a broad range of foreign audiences. These activities also represent a significant investment: DoD spends more than $250 million per year on inform, influence, and persuade (IIP) efforts. It… Continue reading Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade

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