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  The Russians are taking advantage of “seams between our policies, our laws and our bureaucracy,” said Austin Branch, a former Defense Department official who specialized in information operations. The WP’s article by veteran reporters Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Jaffe doesn’t pull any punches but also doesn’t highlight any issues that haven’t been […]
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Greetings – Your association wants to thank all of you for your support of our first event in Washington on November 15th.  Our hosts – Booz Allen Hamilton – graciously provided a facility which allowed us to eat, drink, and listen intently to a diverse group of speakers each of whom brought a particular perspective […]
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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 […]
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On November 1, 2017 the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing titled “Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections.” Following the hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was quoted in the Washington Post as saying “I went home last night with profound disappointment.” Well, I too am profoundly disappointed with the […]
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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been watching an interesting development in the Swedish social media space. It is the move from Facebook, that some in Sweden perceive as an environment where free and open discussion is not possible, to the Russian version of Facebook called VK where they can freely speak their […]
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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:  […]
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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 […]
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From Defense One: “The U.S. military is using a new simulator to prepare intelligence analysts and public affairs officers for the social-media front of future wars. A computer program by Cubic is helping to train these troops to sort through tweets, other social media posts, and real and fake news; figure out which posts might be […]
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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 […]
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The Information Professionals Association now has a Twitter account at which you’ll find postings relevant to the field and a new way with which to interact.  Point your twitter feed to @InfoProAssn We’ve also opened the comments section on this blog.  This will be a curated comments section – not to be confused with a […]
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