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“The West Strikes Back” – Presentation at the CSIS Global Security Forum 2017

Guest Post by Timothy C. Anderson The recent Global Security Forum 2017 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies highlighted the importance of cognitive security in the session, “The West Strikes Back”. After Heather Conley’s (the moderator) introductory review of “The Kremlin Playbook, Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe”, Conley highlighted Russia’s …

The Nature of Conflict Changes Even as the Nature of War Remains Timeless COGSEC Opinions

I like my headline better than that of the original article “The nature of warfare is changing. It’s time governments caught up” which doesn’t quite capture the author’s words.  General Sir Richard Barrons is telling us that the nature of conflict has continued to evolve but at its heart, war remains what it always has:  …

How social media allow our enemies to ambush and divide us – COGSEC Opinions

Certainly an important component of Cognitive Security is public education and this commentary from a former military member highlights that. “Napoleon said “never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake” and we are making a mistake by digging a deep fighting position in our polarized viewpoints, but we can interrupt that. We are the …

The Information Environment of 2017 – What to do and what not to do

You’d have to be living under the proverbial rock to not have read about the threats posed by nation-based actors attempting to undermine confidence in democratic societies. The seriousness of the threat is certainly debatable but the fact that it is occurring is not. Uncertainty, fear, tribalism, lambasting the increasingly globalized and connected world all …

Stratagem – The Chinese View

  [If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org]   Written by Rand Waltzman   Operations in cyber space can have many goals. The goal …