- The US currently can’t counter all the effects of Russian idealistic propaganda due to having a lack of sufficient coordination within the multitude of agencies.
- One can provide analysis that the material is meant for western propaganda use and to cause division within, in an attempt to weaken the US.
- Canada already identified threatening foreign operations ahead of the October 21, 2019 elections.
On June 30th a white paper was released that had been compiled for the American defense establishment. The title is Russsian Strategic Intentions, A Strategic Multiplayer Assessment dated May 2019. The analysis was compiled by some of the top-level research analysts within the US defense sector.
The key point, or thesis, of this paper is that after 20 years of the Putin regime, Russia is as hostile and as expansionist minded as they were during the Soviet era. However, since many western nations are not successfully fighting ideological propaganda from Russian sponsored channels, an escalation of the military conflict is highly likely.
The report analysis states the US currently can’t counter all the effects of Russian idealistic propaganda due to having a lack of sufficient coordination within the multitude of agencies. Nevertheless, the US has the best military and law enforcement agencies on a global scale, if you compare global statistics and success.
Key points of the analysis: Putin’s desire to resurrect and maintain control by Russia of the former Soviet Republics. The report contains paraphrasing of Putin’s desire to restore the power of Russia and his goals for empire. To achieve such goals Russia is using hybrid warfare tactics, including but not limited to: election meddling and interference in independent political democratic processes; economic pressure in Africa; forming an alliance with China; espionage and social media propaganda (using of their infamous troll farm out of St. Petersburg).
Russia’s use of the internet and social media for social engineering purposes in the West can be paralleled to the historic Apophatic Theology, also known as Negative Theology. The modern application by Russia is to destroy the democratic processes from within via internet use. For example, within Canada and Russia on July 4th, 2019 (which is US Independence Day), infographics appeared about how Americans stole native lands and immediately the analysis and comparison to Israel and Palestine. Interestingly enough the images appeared in English. One can provide analysis that the material is meant for western propaganda use and to cause division within, in an attempt to weaken the US.
The same posts appeared yesterday within Russian women’ groups and forums synced exactly for July 4th, 2019. The pattern is clear. Russia is fully engaged in the campaign.
Another noticeable trait and similarities, the women, who are posting the locations are listed within the US. It seems the blitz campaign is meant to target every socioeconomic group within and abroad in order to undermine the US democratic process. It is clear the goal is to ramp up these cyber operations before the US 2020 elections. The same pattern was noticed in the last election within the US and also that Canada is a recent target as well. Canada already identified threatening foreign operations ahead of the October 21, 2019 elections. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has been given new threat reduction powers to combat foreign influence.
Immediately after release of the report, Russia engaged state-controlled media (which is essentially all media in Russia) to report on the social engineering campaign within Russia to show the West fear of Russia and how the Russian government is forging ahead with grandiose plans pertaining to the future of the nation.
The hybrid warfare by Russia needs strong countermeasures to avert further interference and thwart their desire to undermine Western democracies. The cold war has moved into the cyberspace.