“Fake news,” intentionally and unintentionally disseminated, is our primary national security threat. So test yourself.
I penned this story on the way home from Afghanistan in 2012, my fourth of seven deployments.
Those who accept dishonesty on face value have consciously abdicated their responsibility as a citizen.
The violence now associated with this mixed bag of right-wing extremists has become impossible to dismiss, yet Islamists dominate CVE.
There is no single tactic or effort that will effectively mitigate this threat; we must immediately work together.
The threat is dimensional and requires commitment by everyone from the highest levels of leadership down through everyday citizens.
Given that influence has become Russia’s weapon of choice, influence operations by default must become the primary strategy of resistance and containment. The U.S. and most of our allies have largely ceded the influence battlefield to Russia, offering only token resistance.