The Mutin- SOE clandestine sea transport.

After being acquired by SOE the ‘Mutin’ (Mutineer) was based in the Helford Estuary in Cornwall.  Its paintwork was aged and was disguised as a typical French tuner fishing boat. The all British crew who dressed as Breton fishermen were responsible for landing agents, arms and sabotage stores under the cover of darkness to remote coastal areas of southern France. The crew has been described as “rough, buccaneer types of men”.

More details in my forthcoming book SOE in France

Russian and Soviet Information Operations against the west

KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov reveals Russian Subversion Tactics – Full Interview (2016)

 

KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News | NYT Opinion

 

How Disinformation Is Taking Over the World | NYT Opinion

Although this video concentrates on the USA narrative warfare continues to be misunderstood by many western nations including the UK along with its power as a socio-political and economic weapon which also supports kinetic warfare.

Why the U.S. Is Vulnerable to an Iranian Cyberattack | WSJ

February 2020

U.S. tensions with Iran have escalated after the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and experts are worried about retaliatory cyberattacks. Cybersecurity expert John Hultquist and WSJ’s Dustin Volz discuss what new tactics hackers have at their disposal and whether the U.S. is prepared to defend itself. Photo illustration: Alexandra Cardinale.

Narrative Warfare (MA Global Security)

More on the MA in global security: https://spgs.asu.edu/global-security-ma

Ajit Maan, a new professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Future of War, was in Tempe this July to film a lecture for her first semester teaching online at Arizona State University. Maan is an internationally-recognized security and defense analysist and narrative strategist. In 1999, she published her breakthrough theory of Internarrative Identity. Then in 2014 Maan published, Counter-Terrorism: Narrative Strategies, which focuses on deconstructing dominant and coercive narratives and demonstrates how certain narrative structures lend themselves to manipulation and how the weaknesses of those structures can be exploited. Most recently, in 2017, she coined the term “Narrative Warfare” to refine what has been referred to as information wars and psychological warfare

Donald Trump: The world watched the images of a would-be dictator

Personal opinion

Those who know me or have read my work are aware I don’t normally comment on the domestic politics of democratic nations unless these are connected with international security. I must also point out although I am a member of the Washington dc-based think-tank Narrative Strategies, I am not an American and I am not expressing the views of Narrative Strategies or those of my American friends.

I have watched in silence as President Donald Trump continues to erode America’s international political influence during which, through a combination of ignorance, his egotistical personality and lack of intellect has made the world a much less safe place.  We know Donald Trump either suffers from short term memory loss or is a blatant liar, and unlike the leaders of other democracies refuses to be held accountable to the people through a free and independent press which have a duty to professionally scrutinise and challenge political decisions and behaviour – this is essential for all democracies.

In the early hour of 2nd May 2020 on televisions throughout the world we saw images we normally only associate with dictatorships, but this was Washington dc.

Peaceful and I emphasise the word ‘Peaceful’ unarmed protesters of all colours and religions were violently pushed back and attacked with teargas and rubber bullets. The reason for the attack against American protesters is evident by the live television coverage which was seen across the world: like all the world’s dictators Donald Trump wanted a television moment to project him as a strong man in the hope of masking his weakness, insignificance and lack of intellect. This violence against the LAWFUL action of American citizens also gave Trump a photo opportunity to stand outside a church near the White House and raise a bible in the hope of appealing to the evangelical communities in America, but hopefully they will see through this immoral publicity stunt.  

“He took the symbols sacred to our tradition and stood in front of a house of prayer in full expectation that would be a celebratory moment… There was nothing I could do but speak out against that.” (Bishop Mariann Budde)

Under Donald Trump American democracy continues to be transformed into a dictatorship and like all dictators Trump is a weak and insignificant man abusing the power of office and has no regard for the people of his nation.  The big question is – will he keep his threat to use the military to control American citizens?