Disinformation (Operation InfeKtion): How Russia Perfected the Art of War | NYT Opinion

“Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of  Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it. Countries from Pakistan to Brazil are now debating reality, and in Vladimir Putin’s greatest triumph, Americans are using Russia’s playbook against one another without the faintest clue.” (The New York Times)

Russia and Information Warfare: Aims, Tools and Implications for the West

Video produced in 2017 but still relevant for today’s information landscape.

An interview with Keir Giles, Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre; Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.

  • How can the West counter Russia’s cyber and psychological operations? 
  • Can we talk about a “militarization” of information in Russia?

Special Operations Executive (SOE) Norwegian Section

Three-part television documentary describing a series of actions taken by  SOE Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear energy project from acquiring heavy water which could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Nancy Wake – Special Operations Executive (in this documentary Nancy Wake lives up to her reputation of being straight talking!)

Film documentary telling the story of the Australian who, after engineering the escape of hundreds of allied servicemen from occupied France during the Second World War – and following her own escape and subsequent training as an S.O.E. agent returned to France by parachute to support the resistance.  (Six-part documentary)

North Korea – Nuclear Program (Documentary)

North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world but its leader Kim Jong Un has still found the money he needs to finance a nuclear weapons program, despite the country’s fundamental poverty and international economic sanctions.

This documentary looks at how and introduces the men who have helped Kim Jong Un keep his dreams of reaching nuclear power status alive.

Every year Pyongyang sends millions of North Korean workers abroad, selling their services to over 40 countries around the world.

Russian trolls expose misinformation operations

Former employees of a Russian ‘troll factory’ are speaking out about the political misinformation operations .

An interview with a Russian ex-troll

Ex-Russian troll reveals the goal to set Americans against their own government.

Inside Kremlin Propaganda Machine: Russian blogger exposes Russia’s Internet troll factory.

This non-descript office building in Moscow is where the Kremlin houses its army of thousands of internet trolls. They have become infamous over the last year; spamming the World Wide Web with lies, misinformation and propaganda. But this part of the Kremlin’s hybrid warfare aginast Ukraine and the West at large has been exposed by a Russian journalist. Lyudmila Savchuk calls it a troll factory and says she had spent two months there as an employee documenting the process of creating a wave of pro-Kremlin propaganda. “They get work specifications.

There are several main topics including Ukraine, USA and the EU – in general all main topics which are on the agenda – and also Russian opposition. Main opposition figures are regularly insulted and discredited on the Internet.” According to Savchuk, she and her fellow colleagues worked under tight control and signed a non-disclosure agreement. She also says the comments were made not only in Russian but in several other languages across different platforms.

Russian and Chinese Information Warfare: John Lenczowski

February 26th, 2019 – Art History Auditorium, University of Dallas

This talk on Russian and Chinese Information Warfare against the United States

draws from John Lenczowski’s expertise on Soviet affairs and the non-military arts of statecraft to discuss the modern-day challenges presented to us by the world’s other superpowers.

In this talk, he addresses Russian interference in our political system and the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda, covert influence operations, and influence over American academia, think tanks, businesses, elections, Congressional representatives, and even Hollywood.

John Lenczowski is founder and president of The Institute of World Politics. From 1981 to 1983, Dr. Lenczowski served in the State Department in the Bureau of European Affairs and as Special Advisor and from 1983 to 1987, he was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity. He has been associated with several academic and research institutions in the Washington area, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, and the American Enterprise

Institute. Dr. Lenczowski attended the Thacher School, earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced

International Studies.