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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, April 19, 2021

Cyber Warfare: Army Deploys ‘Social Media Warfare’ Division To Fight Russia | Forbes

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“We need to develop our asymmetric edge and bring focus to the orchestration of intelligence, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare and unconventional warfare,” Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, the commander of Britain’s field army, said as he announced the formation of a cyber warfare unit to fight “above and below the threshold of conventional conflict.”

The U.K.’s new special cyber operations unit, 6 Division (6 Div), will move beyond the typical cyber capabilities within the military sphere into full-blown social media “information warfare.” And here the primary adversary is Russia, which has turned the dark art of peddling fake news and political propaganda across major social media platforms into a national security strategy.

Much of the work of the new unit will be relatively traditional signals activities—jamming and intercepting enemy comms, supporting the field world of allied intelligence agencies. But as a sign of the times, the new unit also has an offensive and defensive propaganda remit—taking the social media fight to Russia as well as the various state-sponsored terrorist groups using those platforms to stir unrest and interfere in the workings of the West.

Source: Cyber Warfare: Army Deploys ‘Social Media Warfare’ Division To Fight Russia | Forbes

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