Warfare has taken on many personae throughout history, from the spears, shields and swords used in ancient Greece and Rome to the hydrogen bomb used by the U.S. to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. More recently, the world has seen the ‘new and improved’ version of nuclear weapons, though thankfully they have not been used to eradicate cities or nations … yet. But it may well be that nuclear weapons are not needed to wreak havoc and cause mass destruction. Perhaps all that is needed is … a computer? Today I am sharing a comprehensive post by fellow-blogger and friend, Robert Goldstein who has done a great deal of research and his post deserves … nay, NEEDS … to be read and pondered by us all. Please take a few moments to check out his post, and also some of his links. If you have been following the news about the Russian government hacking the DNC in order to manipulate our elections, you will find this post chilling. Thank you, Robert, for the hard work you put into this, and for generously permitting me to share it!
I assume Putin has strategic goals and chooses his weapons wisely.
I wanted a logical explanation for why Putin would choose
Information as a weapon of war.
I ran a search on Google and found the 2016 NATO Defense
College Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.
It is exactly what I wanted.
I also understood why some in the Intelligence Community
call it an act of war.
The most disturbing analyses in the handbook is the one that explains
why Putin chooses the media as his new battleground.
The attack is protracted and subtle.
People don’t realize they’re under attack until it’s too late.
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