Sunday, November 8, 2015

Information Operations (IO)

To Tweet or Not to Tweet. In the war of online influence, the United States is gaining ground but is still hopelessly outmanned. One report says that the U.S. State Department doesn't have enough people to conduct tweeting operations against ISIS. State's social media propaganda machine consists of just 20 people working in the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC). Well, . . . I am doing my part @AfghanWarBlog . Read more in "Pentagon: State Doesn't Have Enough People Tweeting at ISIS", Defense One, October 22, 2015.

Russia and IO. The Russian regime is heavy into the manipulation of information and use of social media on the Internet to influence audiences. Read more in "The Trolls Who Came In From the Cold", Radio Free Europe, November 5, 2015.

Russia's Troll Army. To learn more about Russia's dominance on the digital battlefield read Everything you wanted to know about trolls but were afraid to ask, ShareAmerica, November 4, 2015.

Marginalizing the Islamic State Online. Jared Cohen explains how future insurgent groups will not only control physical terrain but also dominate pockets of the Internet. Many recruits, followers, and supporters make their first contact with IS and its ideology via the Internet. Read more in "Digital Counterinsurgency", Foreign Affairs, November / December 2015.

U.S. Army - a Band of Tweeters. The digital age may be interfering with the bonding of unit members in combat. Skype, email, social media is consuming the downtime of Soldiers in FOBs - where in the past Soldiers entertained themselves by interacting together as a group telling stories, joking, and engaging in sports during their time off. Read "From Army of One to Band of Tweeters", by John Spencer, The New York Times, November 5, 2015.

Air Force-Wide Facebook Outage Causes Panic and Confusion. A temporary outage of Facebook has put the United States Air Force into a state of crisis. The cause of the FB service is unknown but several theories have surfaced. Read more in "Panic, Chaos During Air Force-Wide Facebook Outage", Duffel Blog, November 6, 2015.

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