Truth, lies and Reality Winner

The day after NBC News aired an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and just days before former FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated testimony on his investigation into potential Trump administration collusion with Russia, another sensational storyline related to Russian meddling in the U.S. election emerged June 5 -- this one threatening to … Continue reading Truth, lies and Reality Winner

Facebook releases ‘information operations’ report, update on govt. data requests

"I think the idea that fake news on Facebook ... influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said back in November, following Donald Trump's poll-defying win. A new report from the company, however, titled "Information Operations and Facebook," shows just how far the social media giant's position has … Continue reading Facebook releases ‘information operations’ report, update on govt. data requests

‘Performance artist’ Alex Jones ‘playing a character,’ his lawyer says

Alex Jones, radio show host and founder of the popular fringe news site InfoWars.com, has long been a controversial figure -- for everything from his outspoken support for President Donald Trump to his promotion of outlandish conspiracy theories such as the idea that extraterrestrial reptilian shapeshifters secretly rule the world. Jones has not only stoked … Continue reading ‘Performance artist’ Alex Jones ‘playing a character,’ his lawyer says

Leaked information ops guide reveals psychological warfare tactics

The U.S. Army's "Special Forces Guide to Information Operations" comes complete with a "destruction notice" on its cover, urging the reader to get rid of it "by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document." Dramatic disclaimers aside, though, a 2013 edition of this document surfaced this week on the … Continue reading Leaked information ops guide reveals psychological warfare tactics

ISIS propaganda suffers setbacks, but remains steps ahead of US

Last week, a top propagandist for the Islamic State extremist group (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) was reportedly killed in an airstrike. The death comes as new details of the group's internal propaganda instruction strategy are emerging. Despite such setbacks for the media-savvy terrorist organization's psychological warfare initiatives, however, ISIS' propaganda continues to threaten the … Continue reading ISIS propaganda suffers setbacks, but remains steps ahead of US

U.S. and Russia escalate information war

So much has been written in the wake of the U.S. presidential election on the topic of Russian propaganda that it can be hard to keep up, especially given that some of America's most supposedly-reputable news outlets such as the Washington Post have routinely published questionable material on the subject. But a few new developments … Continue reading U.S. and Russia escalate information war

A military-grade ‘Wikipedia’ app for cross-cultural understanding?

A linguist, left, shares a smartphone device with a Afghan Army command sergeant major during a security meeting at the Qara Bagh district's center in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, July 16, 2012. Smartphone devices are increasing in use on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense. In 2015, the U.S. officially ended … Continue reading A military-grade ‘Wikipedia’ app for cross-cultural understanding?

Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

In the past year it's been reported that the U.S. Department of Defense may not be able to meet its "audit readiness" deadline of September 30 this year for its first ever audit. A big part of the problem is that the Army has reportedly been making improper financial statements amounting to trillions of dollars … Continue reading Pentagon online psyop against ISIS revealed as mess of incompetence, corruption

Weaponizing the narrative in the information war with Russia

Well, it's 2017, and in less than three weeks, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. This surreal situation still has many scratching their heads, wondering how it came to be. While some are coming to terms with Trump's election as a symptom of a broken system that … Continue reading Weaponizing the narrative in the information war with Russia

Anti-ISIS influence ops drill reveals parts of U.S. deception strategy

It's typically not every day that Americans hear about "influence operations," though recent history has been an exception to that rule as news outlets and government officials have aggressively hyped the alleged threat of Russian covert ops aimed at swaying the U.S. election, or at least at causing chaos leading up to it. Indeed, much … Continue reading Anti-ISIS influence ops drill reveals parts of U.S. deception strategy