Imagine when kids born today turn 30 & realize their grandparents absorbed all of 🇺🇸 efforts & resources in 2016-2020 toward building a costly, ineffective wall in what was increasingly becoming an inhospitable part of America.
Today’s kids as adults will learn that Instead of funding climate solutions, public health as a pandemic approached, cyber defenses as hacks ensued, or even higher tech (cheaper, effective) border defense measures. 🇺🇸 funded a wall no one even talked about during 2020 election
As the pandemic draws to a close, these maps should shape everything we think about. Climate change is not a national security threat, it should be an assumption for how we move forward.…

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18 Feb
"Russia Tried Again, Iran Antagonized, and China Didn’t Show: Insights and Lessons Learned on Foreign Influence in Election 2020" New post on foreign interference in election 2020, what did we learn? @FPRI #FIE2020…
1 - Some notes on this post, no surprise to anyone that lived in the U.S. this election cycle - domestic disinformation & interference outpaced foreign disinformation by many miles, it wasn't even close.
2- all of the election defense preparation made a difference against foreign influence, lots of shutdowns and cooperation between the public & private sector in #Election2020
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8 Feb
Last week, we outlined how Kremlin fringe news sites, banned by social media companies, make their way back onto American platforms using backlinks to duplicated websites. Here's a quick explainer on how this system works. #TrustButVerify @SecureDemocracy
Here's the full write up on the NewsFront mirror site method and how they still reach thousands on U.S. social media sites.…
In short, many I've spoken to over the last 5-6 years have claimed they don't see Russian propaganda and disinformation, and my response is often times, "how are you sure that is the case?" for example, does one immediately know where these mirror sites come from?
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26 Jan
"How Russia Divides America" The Selected Wisdom team's second episode. Today's topic is Kremlin information warfare and how to target America with propaganda and disinformation in the lead up to an election. Hint: It's not Dems vs GOP #TrustButVerify
Lots of references inform this analysis. See this entire research stream @FPRI #FIE2020 project where we show how Russia discusses the candidate, this mirrors the social media shutdowns of Kremlin troll farm activity past 5 years…
Chapters 4 & 6 of Messing with the Enemy also give a long breakdown of this targeting strategy…
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26 Jan
“After Capitol riot, a call to protect veterans from disinformation - Roll Call” - lots to unpack here, in sum, influence of current & former military via information confluence of several streams, RU disinfo a factor, but rides the wave of internal tide…
Yes, Kremlin has under discussed line of influence targeting military, RU pitch was straightforward to US military. “We’re white, you’re white, We’re Christian, you’re Christian, you like guns, we like guns, you kill terrorists, we kill terrorists - let’s do it together”
But RU propaganda & disinfo minor compared to US & military influencing itself. War on Terror conducted by only few Americans, largely disconnected from US population with each year after 9/11. Successive, endless tours to AFG/IZ led development separate warrior class sentiment
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16 Jan
“Extremism: When Should We Worry?” Selected Wisdom team got together this week & filmed short clip, reboot of discussions we used to have about international terrorism but now we are worried about it at home. #TrustButVerify
If you like these short clips, please subscribe to the Selected Wisdom channel “Trust but Verify” as we’ll have new segments coming out on the next few weeks…
For those that remember the GWOT days, I stole the chart concept from this classic report by @will_mccants “Militant Ideology Atlas- Executive Report”…
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7 Jan
No one should be surprised about what happened with Trump supporters storming the Capitol yesterday, but why yesterday, and not on election day or some other day since the election, several reasons......
1 – on election day, Trump campaign needed people to vote, they still thought they could win and almost did, so they couldn’t lead supporters to a specific time & place, by Jan 6, Trump had lost & DC/Capitol became a place where all could be directed for chaos
2 – Yesterday's insurrection was completely foreseeable, lead up election day, we saw many groups (militias, white supremacists, anti-government) calling for mobilizations to violence. The same groups have set about planning this mobilization to DC for weeks.
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