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Western military leaders concerned about Russian superiority in information war
Material posted: Publication date: 12-11-2018

Russia is so improved their opportunities in the information war that the leadership of the armed forces of the United States and its allies have rightly begun to worry about it. "The Russians are good at it. Better than us," said major-General in the British army Felix geni at the conference, AUSA, according to Defense One.

"We saw a very thoughtful, researched information campaign aimed at discrediting the actions of the coalition in Iraq and Syria. And I would say that in many capitals of our countries we were not aware that the us beat".

"As during the elections in 2016, Russia sometimes successfully splits among ordinary Americans than your uncle at a dinner in Thanksgiving Day coordination of the botnet using fake accounts in social networks and creating misleading or biased in the content, which then gets widespread."

Moscow also carried out a similar campaign in Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. Its efforts to influence can shape perception, as well as to provide an unexpected effect on the battlefield.

As I wrote about this Tom ricks in his article in the beginning of the year, the Russian military conducted a series of shocking operations, combining information and cyberspace operations and the good old directional interaction.

"Russian is well able to determine the position of the Ukrainian troops in their electromagnetic radiation" — wrote Colonel Liam Collins in the August issue of Army Magazine.

"In one case, the enemy soldiers are getting text messages that they are surrounded and abandoned their command. In a few minutes their families receive the message that States that their son killed in combat. A few minutes later they receive another message which says "back off and stay alive", followed by a massive artillery strike on the location of the detected concentrations cell phones."

Meanwhile in Syria, Russian military operations are sometimes carried out for the sole purpose of obtaining photographs or videos, which can later be used against their opponents, says geni.

"This is not a battle that can be carried working with the public, recording the text on tape," said gudni. — This should be a real multi-level fighting".

Frankly, the United States carried out their own information and cyber operations. But, as said Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone of cyber command of the us army at the beginning of this year, most of them conducted at the tactical level.

Russia spends from 400 to 500 million U.S. dollars a year on information activities abroad, whereas the United States spends about $ 20 million, according to an article published in the publication of the Army War College — leaving Washington behind.

It is a fact that most leaders are aware of and cannot ignore. A marine General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, in his January interview, he said that an information war along with cybervalley and missile defense is an area that NATO is in urgent need of improvement.

Simply put, Russia is playing chess while the US is trying to figure out how to expand the Board to play checkers.

The publication of the Army War College recommended to establish a Centre of national counter-information strategy and develop technological solutions to counter fake news, to strive for international partnership in opposition to the Russian "Troll factories".

In the same vein, the General of the Air force, retired Michael Hayden said, speaking before the Senate Committee on Armed Forces that Russia's actions in undermining the foundations of American democracy, the U.S. can respond with their own measures to loosening of the foundations of Russian autocracy.

However, it is unclear how serious this threat is perceived at the national level. Center for global engagement Department of State, tasked to counter Russian disinformation, has no funding authority for hiring and, apparently, sufficient support from the White house.

"As countries close in terms of technology, such as Russia, have demonstrated the disproportionate effect on the enemy can have a relatively small, but the right investments, it is imperative that the us government is properly applied existing tools and available means to overcome this threat," — said in a recent article in Signal Magazine.


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