To Counter Russian Disinformation, Look to Cold War Tactics
“In a Naval Postgraduate School paper on countering influence operations aimed at destabilizing NATO, Charmaine Martin highlights the six principles of military deception: focus, integration, timeliness, security, objective, and centralized control. Russia perfectly implements them. Russian intelligence fabricates classified or politically sensitive documents, then dares the subjects named in the fabricated documents to refute their accuracy. A recent example is the alarming case of the latest publicized cyber intrusion against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). A hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 (alleged to be a front for Russian intelligence) claims to have leaked documents from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer at the DCCC. The problem with that statement is that according to Pelosi, she doesn’t have a computer at the DCCC.
The incoming U.S. presidential administration will face a critical question: how can the U.S. government counter cyber-based foreign influence operations against it?”