U.S. The commander of Army Special Operations Command said on Tuesday at the Modern Warfare Week conference, that Army special operators have observed how swiftly information operations have advanced in Ukraine’s eight-month conflict to drive out Russian invaders.
According to Lt. Gen. Jonathan Braga, ARSOF has already modified its training pipelines to impart these skills. He lauded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for having a “Churchill effect of mastering the information environment.” In order to teach students about the pace of information, Braga explained, “Our Psychological Operations combined exercise now integrates synthetic internet and real-time sentiment analysis.” One of the most important takeaways from the developments in Ukraine is the speed and power of information operations. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Modern Warfare Week, one of the biggest annual events for the special operations community, convened this week. For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine, influential SOF leaders, philosophers, and business influencers gathered. Between 2014 and 2022, American special operatives funneled more than 200 Ukrainians through a special forces pipeline. Ukraine has a “two-year running start” on its resistance efforts thanks to NATO-led resistance and resilience training that was influenced by American special operations doctrines. Additionally, the panelist noted that the same Ukrainian information operations that Braga lauded had their roots in American special operations training.