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Three good years with NATO’s Defence Strategic Communications journal

My three-year term as a founding editorial board member of NATO’s Defence Strategic Communications journal is over. Published by NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia, the journal is part of Latvia’s small but outsized contribution to the Atlantic alliance. Like the Centre itself, the journal began as a Latvian initiative. The Centre

Big Data search engines & social media deputize a ‘political police’

Big Data search engine and social media companies have recklessly deputized a malicious organization as a “political police” to destroy the reputations of people and groups with whom they disagree, Dr Waller told PJ Media. Partnerships between Twitter, Facebook, and Google with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) come “as no surprise to J. Michael

On Fox: US recognition of China’s strategic threat is long overdue

New intelligence reports on China’s global threat to the United States are welcome and long overdue, Dr Waller tells Elizabeth Prann on Fox News. (http://video.foxnews.com/v/5812131802001/) Discussing senior CIA official Michael Collins’ statement at the Aspen Institute about China’s new “Cold War” against us, Waller said the intelligence executive “nailed it,” and that the US should

What Trump should tell Putin in Helsinki

by J Michael Waller / Fox News / July 15, 2018 President Trump can have a successful summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland and outwit his critics if he takes a tough-love approach to his seeming bromance with the Russian leader. Putin’s hold on power is weaker than it seems. He takes

Back at JFK Special Warfare School to teach PSYOP

It’s always a happy occasion to be back at Fort Bragg, teaching psychological operations courses to our special operations forces. Recently I was at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School for a two-day PSYOP session for officers and senior NCOs. Our PSYOPers keep getting better and better. Over the years, I’ve seen

‘Deepfakes’ – Artificial intelligence-powered videos – can be weaponized for political & military

Senator Marco Rubio and I discussed the dangers of “deepfakes” – artificial intelligence-powered fake videos that can impersonate real people. Bill Gertz broke the story in the Free Beacon. “Michael Waller, an information warfare expert, said deepfakes also could be used by U.S. intelligence agencies for offensive information warfare operations against hostile states or terrorist

Putting the strategy back in strategic communications

Volume 3 of our Defence Strategic Communications scholarly journal is out, published by NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia. This is an excellent, truly international journal containing a surprising range of original perspectives. I’m happy to be a founding member of the editorial board. Subjects for Volume 3 range from the eclectic

Making the world safe for prosperity: State Department needs overhaul to become business-friendly

by J Michael Waller, PhD / Georgetown Research Summary. The State Department’s shift toward building “civil society” abroad has clashed with the mission to promote traditional US national interests. Occasionally it has harmed legitimate American business interests abroad. To illustrate the problem, this paper describes how international NGOs operated in a single country to target

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