Russian Cyberspace Attack on NATO Nations

Posted on July 5, 2018

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When leaders of NATO’s 29 member countries meet in Belgium July 11-12, President Donald Trump will be one of them addressing the main topic of finding ways to address Russia’s escalating attempts to use information-warfare tactics to create fear and discord within America and Europe especially during election time.

That kind of warfare is difficult to respond to in kind, the way more tanks and more troops can to deter a Russian invasion of say one of the Baltic states.

Rather, the Kremlin’s spreading of false information requires NATO countries to arm citizens with a love of truth and the tools to discern accurate information so as to negate the effects of lies planted in social media and elsewhere.

“The first priority is to be able to protect the minds of our people,” Janis Garisons, Latvia’s defense secretary, told “National Post,” a Canadian newspaper, last year. “If you lose your population, you will not need your troops or NATO or anything else.”

President Trump wants NATO nations to put up more money for defense hardware like tanks, airplanes etc., and those items need to be kept updated, but the war has moved to a different battleground.

The majority of NATO members know that cyberspace knows no borders, and Russia has used the latest digital means to disseminate fake news to sow distrust and fear of government, elected officials and specific groups of American and Europe’s open societies.

The battlefield for NATO these days is in the thinking of every citizen in the United States and Europe. Yet how can one of the most successful military alliances of the 20th century now shift toward the task of countering cyberspace attacks and fear generated by Russia?

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