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Second Strike Communications

Main Image Credit Antennas at the broadcast facilities of Radio Liberty near Platja de Pals, Spain. An example of Cold War-era information warfare, the purpose of the US-funded radio channel was to win over the populations of communist Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

To counter disinformation campaigns, liberal democracies should focus on second-strike capabilities.

Just over one year ago, a Russian former double-agent and his daughter were found unconscious on a park bench in the English cathedral town of Salisbury. But the attempted poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal was almost a sideshow to the Russian disinformation attack on the UK that followed, which sought to obfuscate the attack’s nature and the identity of its perpetrators. Today, disinformation attacks can cause chaos in the targeted country, as the public struggles t

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Elisabeth Braw

Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

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