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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

Teaching at JFK Special Warfare Center & School at Fort Bragg

This week has Dr Waller back down at Fort Bragg, teaching at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Dr Waller is a frequent teacher and trainer for American special operations forces and others at Fort Bragg, and this week he is providing military officers and their interagency civilian counterparts with a historical,

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.

Russia’s info war & what to do about it

“Russia’s New Information War: What It’s Like and What to Do About It,” by J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., in Fred Fleitz, ed., Putin’s Reset: The Bear Is Back and How America Must Respond  (Washington: Center for Security Policy, 2016), is a policy essay that examines Moscow’s information and propaganda warfare against the West, with a list

Oxford University publishes Dr Waller’s information warfare strategy

Oxford University Press is republishing Dr Waller’s strategy to design an information warfare campaign against global jihadists. Dr. Waller wrote the strategy for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, with Dr. Sebastian Gorka of the Threat Knowledge Group. The plan is titled “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the

Secret emails reveal high-level Ecuador campaign to win US hearts and minds

by J Michael Waller / AMI Newswire / February 24, 2016. Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftist president, has a flair for publicity, as he demonstrated again last week in claiming vindication for harboring the fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But a separate high-profile case shows just how far he will go to manipulate international opinion. American Media Institute reviewed

Putin propagandists pick up ex-Pentagon PSYOPers

by J Michael Waller / AMI Newswire / February 14, 2016. In an irony that illustrates the contrast in value that Russia and the U.S. place on sound information strategy, the Russian government’s international propaganda service has hired American PSYOP professionals left jobless after congressionally mandated program cuts. RT/Sputnik hired at least four contractors from the US Special

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

Time to prosecute left-wing dictators for genocide?

by J Michael Waller / New York Times / May 19, 2013. Comment: Decades after losing to Ronald Reagan’s line-in-the-sand in the 1980s, Latin American Marxist revolutionaries continue their fight in a different battlespace: the legal system. Prosecutions of former military officers and dictators, as I argue in the New York Times, aren’t about justice. They’re about winning a

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