Military Review

Acute Lack of Information Warfare Skills (CEPA)


Old proven methods are becoming increasingly important, despite the speed with which everything changes. This is the paradox of modern security policy.

Britain and other countries are no longer firing cold war veterans who have experience in counter-propaganda and spyware capture. These people understood the mentality of the Soviet Union at that time; they can understand the intentions of Russia now. They can, in general noise, catch the necessary signal, analyzing which events are combined into a general picture, and which - the result of accidents.

In turn, men and women dressed in uniforms learn to handle maps and compasses in case Russia breaks down satellite communications and other technologies on which we depend. Traditional weapon in many cases it turns out to be more reliable. In the Baltic States and not only our special operations forces teach locals guerilla warfare. In a sense, this is the legacy of the Forest Brothers guerrilla resistance in 40-50.

All this produces a good deterrent effect. The Kremlin has enjoyed its success over the past 25 years. Western countries refused to believe that Russia had aggressive intentions. Then they did not want to believe that these intentions would turn into aggressive actions. And then, for political and economic reasons, they decided to pretend that nothing happened.

Now this era is over. The Kremlin understands that its long-term attack on the West is becoming risky. His spies can catch. His illegal transactions will be announced and presented before the court. If he decides to attack, it will cost him dearly. No one can guarantee security, but all this means that the risk of an escalation of the conflict has become lower.

This problem has two sides. We still do not quite understand what is being said when it comes to "Kremlin tactics." How does Russia use drones? Artificial Intelligence? Face recognition technology?

Of particular concern is how we will protect the population. We are talking not only about those who criticize the Kremlin in their official statements. At risk all those who are related to the security of the state. I constantly hear examples (which are refuted at the official level) of the use of cyber attacks against NATO personnel at all levels. New technologies make it possible to deliver an incredibly accurate point punch. For example, an episode with hacking of smartphones of German soldiers in Lithuania, when they believed that their second half changed them until they were at home. If something like this was the place to be, then this is one of the oldest tricks, but it was very skillfully implemented using social networks and other modern means of communication.

We not only fail to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat. We also lack the experience of proven fighters. Western countries have lost their skills in studying Russia after the 1991 year. We hire and train Russian-speaking specialists, but some skills have been developing for decades. Officials say that in the heart of the intelligence world, the traditional approach to learning has always been maintained. But this is not so much benefit when we talk about the Russian threat to society - education, energy, finance, the media, the legal system, and so on. We need an open and detailed debate about Russian influence and how to deal with it, and then strengthen the vulnerabilities enjoyed by the Kremlin.

Fortunately, our allies - the Baltics, Ukraine, Central Europe and others - have this experience. We need to learn from them.
Photos used:
US Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Cecilio ricardos
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. Kleber
    Kleber 4 December 2017 17: 30
    Britain and other countries stop firing Cold War veterans who have experience in counter-propaganda and the capture of spies. These people understood the way of thinking of the Soviet Union in those days; they can understand Russia's intentions now.

    Well, well

    "Russia doesn’t understand,
    No yardstick to measure:
    She has a special feature -
    You can only believe in Russia. "
    Author: F. I. Tyutchev
  2. andr327
    andr327 4 December 2017 18: 35
    Western brawler-layman. I didn’t try to turn on my head. Although the Westerners have lost this opportunity, it seems forever. The society of consumers of food, rules of behavior, other people's thoughts ...
    1. japs
      japs 4 December 2017 19: 47
      What a familiar tone, style, and “whether all polymers are pro”, “we were merged”.
      Special propaganda in action. We would still have to restore effective counter-propaganda ...
  3. iouris
    iouris 4 December 2017 20: 03
    To promote this noble provocateur Lucas - do not respect yourself.
  4. AshiSolo
    AshiSolo 4 December 2017 20: 31
    Kaptsov, chtol, works on the second front ???
  5. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
    Andrei from Chelyabinsk 4 December 2017 20: 35
    For example, the episode with the hacking of smartphones of German soldiers in Lithuania, when they believed that their soul mates were cheating on them while they were not at home

    I understand that the author of the article is that very soulmate who cheated on his faithful while he was in Latvia?
    But in general - it is symptomatic. If in the West they are trying to justify adultery with the machinations of Russian hackers wassat
  6. BMP-2
    BMP-2 5 December 2017 02: 11
    Hmmm ... what Chop off so much Soviet territory, and still talk about some kind of Russian aggression ... belay fool
    The author, why do you need the skills of information warfare? You are already informationally killed! laughing

    Ps: as I understand it, this is one of the descendants of George Lucas decided to sketch out the scenario "Star Wars. Episode 7". laughing
  7. Rostislav
    Rostislav 5 December 2017 09: 32
    Ordinary custom article-moan about "scary and treacherous Russia." Why quote her on VO? Still okay to include in the review of horror stories published in the west, but reprint?
    What is the purpose of the editorial office by posting such articles here?
    1. AlexMark
      AlexMark 8 December 2017 21: 28
      Well, there must be a section "Humor"? laughing For the completeness of the picture, all that is missing is the assault squads riding on bears ... But why not enough, here they are:

      In fact, this article is also one of the options for waging an information war - “Oh, look, we are so defenseless, we are withdrawing from the retirement of specialists,” dull their vigilance.
  8. turbris
    turbris 9 December 2017 15: 19
    Another hysteria of a blinded Russophobe - the basis of a successful information struggle - is to tell the truth. But with this in the West it’s very bad and here no concept of way of thinking will help. A lie has the ability to climb out over time, remember the Owen test tube. Goebbels succeeded in pushing incredible things into the population, but for this there must be a purely Nazi state, with all its attributes (party, organizations, press, Gestapo, SD and other punitive bodies). When you read what Westerners write in comments, you understand that in most cases they have learned to distinguish truth from lies, which is precisely why failures appeared in the conduct of the information war.