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Two-part Russian political warfare interview with Glenn Beck

My most enjoyable discussion of today’s Russian subversion political warfare was not with a group of scholars, but with Glenn Beck of TheBlaze TV. Beck showed an extraordinary and deep grasp of the subject matter – more than any other American interviewer I’ve met. And certainly more than most Washington-based Russia “scholars.” How many have

‘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

Time to up the ante on Russian subversion in America

By J Michael Waller / Forbes / January 4, 2017.  The real scandal about Russian subversion of the American political process is that the nation’s leadership has known about it for years and done nothing. Now is the time to put an end to it. Candidate Hillary Clinton uncharacteristically decried “Russian subversion” during the campaign.

How a hostile foreign regime waged propaganda against Chevron

by J Michael Waller / El Tiempo Latino / December 11, 2015. Many foreign governments target U.S. companies with hostile propaganda for political and financial reasons. A cache of secret emails among a South American strongman and his inner circle show how even small countries can run propaganda campaigns against some of the largest U.S. corporations. These

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why

No nukes pointed this way? Think again.

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, July 6, 1998 After years of assuring the public that no nuclear missiles are aimed at the United States, President Clinton came to China with a proposal to Beijing — a proposal admitting that what he told the American people was untrue. The president asked China’s communist leaders to de-target