I saw a joke somewhere a while ago about computer chess, it went along the lines of; My computer beat me at chess the other day, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. Plead with @Jack directly ? The reason for my decision, which has been coming for some time, is simply one of time. One of my many rants, was that HMG ought to be scouring the Muslim world for liberal writings, then redistributing those writings to the hardline trouble zones we find ourselves in. Will it be a new home for Cyber, if so the already existing Joint Cyber Unit, currently hosted by the RAF might make up a considerable amount of those numbers ? Think Self-Defense. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Over a series of Tweets they showed the ISIS photographs, the same person doing the finger raised machete in the other hand pose just before cutting the head off a prisoner. I must strongly protest Perfidious Albion stealing the identity and history of an Indian formation. Personnel numbers are finite, can the Army afford to swap fighting strength for this kind of capability. Wrong target. 104 likes. SO Do both. ( Log Out /  Good to see that there are plans to continue writing. Defence blog is a source of International Defence, military and strategic news and information. Instead of trying to evolve with the times, the Army might be better simply recognising that there are some things better done by others? Back in November last year I published a short post about the establishment of the Security Assistance Group. What works on one jihadist, may not work on another. Janes | The latest defence and security news from Janes - the trusted source for defence intelligence United Kingdom About Blog Think Defence is a blog about UK defence issues, no campaign, no pretension and no hidden agendas. I think there’s some okay stuff on my feed. 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The important thing to note here is that SAG contained the Military Stabilisation Support Group, combined with regional pairing and a general concentration of resource on ‘upstream engagement’ the intent is to prevent conflict through the combined action of effective media and communications, assistance and mentoring, training and early intervention where necessary. Even if fully tri-service, will the majority of the 800 / 700 be Army ? As a footnote, there seems to be an enormous amount of misinformed commentary about the Chindits connection on social media, that the Old Comrades Association was not consulted and that it had nothing to do with the Chindits but the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade. In their product lineup is a system that I think has great potential, both for the Royal Navy and export, the Chemring Centurion. It has had an interesting history having also been a parachute brigade for a short while. Sure spread terror & insecurity, but also spread an alternative message. It is a bit different than Twitter and doesn’t have anywhere near the mass, but Twitter has become an increasingly toxic place with someone always ready to spark up the outrage bus for the merest of an infraction, gets a bit boring after a while and this is the nudge I needed to actually do some writing instead of posting spicy memes on Twitter. Explore Think Defence's 9,438 photos on Flickr! Navigation About Publications Articles Team Press Partners Contact Advertise Donate You can get it on Amazon. How is Pete btw? Anyone can be a victim of crime at anytime and at any place. Lots of people are now badmouthing you all over Twitter. If they address the first challenge though, pretty sure everything else will be a piece of cake. Its a blog about UK defence issues, no campaign, no pretension and no hidden agendas But if soapbox preaching trained its speakers in the techniques that could effectively gather an audience, Twitter can do the same. They will develop means of shaping behaviour through the use of dynamic narratives, Wow, straight out of the Ladybird book of defence management language. 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If I was in charge of the 77th, its part of what I would do. How is military information operations going to be handled by GCHQ or MI6 ? Twitter is an odd platform for academics, to be sure. There are doubts though, can the Army’s decision making arrangements be reconciled with the speed and agility of the medium, can it use the kind of, frankly unpleasant, imagery and targeted messages the Peshmerga use (for example), will the new Brigade be able to cope with a targeted counter attack, what about current UK legislation on the use of social media, language and libel (no, I am not joking), what happens when a human rights lawyer points the finger at the Army’s media operations and above all, how will this fit within our vague and generally incoherent strategy on pretty much any overseas conflict these days? Below are our favourite blogs actively posting about a wide range of matters relating to defence but is not a comprehensive listing. The larger issue, it seems to me, is that the idea of a “banal and superficial” medium simply doesn’t make much sense.Law & Order is banal and superficial; The Wire is not. Mission Victory India (MVI) is an autonomous defence think tank established to foster progressive military leadership, selection, training, and recruitment reforms. Now I don’t know if it was or is effective, I am not a Chechen fighting in Syria for ISIS, but that is not my point here. United States About Blog Defence Blog is the independent, professional news source for the world's defense decision-makers. And probably is. What characterises the most effective media operations is they are one component of whole, a whole that also includes engaged and deployed ground combat forces. Will it only be Info Ops ? I have stupidly lost the title & author. The series continued with images of his passport and other details. Some of the best examples of effective media operations have been by people operating in loose groupings, certainly without the overbearing command environment of a disciplined military force. Think Defense, APLC, Irvine, California. A recent example focused on one of the ISIS celebrity beheaders. It needs to be Muslim voices, quoting from the Koran & showing a modern liberal tolerant interpretation. Hamas and the IDF also have a very effective information operations presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook etc. Anyway, hope Parler is working out well for you…. The group needs direction, it needs to understand the fundamentals of intelligence gathering and conflict in general but these skills are needed at the command and direction levels, not necessarily at all layers. I’d rather aim to discredit / expose the jihadist celebrities. The Turkish columnist I was on about is Mustafa Akyol who in 2013 published the book “Islam without extremes; a Muslim call for Liberty”. Anyway, looking forward to more info on the new brigade as it becomes available. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Maybe it comes down to the access to the information and many of countries/communities limit the access that would make IO successful. Subscribe to Think Defence via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Security Assistance Group pulls together the  soft effect capabilities of the Military Stabilisation Support Group, 15 Psychological Operations Group and potentially Media Operations Group. This doesn’t convince me. I’m sure they don’t live up to what they preach, and even if they did you could still doctor videos or phone tapes – and make them credible with supporting acts and care about details. The Advanced Concepts Group at Sandia National Laboratories is paid to think big. It concluded with a number of images his shattered bloody corpse. Can the Army master the cultural change needed or would this type of function be better delivered by civilian organisation? Its a blog about UK defence issues, no campaign, no pretension and no hidden agendas Subscribe to keep up with with latest news, views, analysis and media covering UK defence and security. The Nebo-M is a Russian radar station that detects and tracks airborne targets, including ballistic missiles, stealth aircraft and even tiny drones. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and other social media platforms are revolutionising the way conflicts are reported upon, influenced and to record events as they happen. ( Log Out /  The Peshmerga, although arguably less coordinated have what I think is a much more nuanced online presence that actively targets the ISIS fighters with grisly before and after shots. So lets say it never meets it’s alleged establishment (no, really ?) Let them kill each other and fragment them into marginal effectiveness. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But that wasn’t it, the real master stroke was a follow up series that showed ISIS prisoners being treated with humanity, being fed and cared for. Does this sound a bit like a big version of the RM’s 30X? This is a serious subject that needs a heavyweight and long term commitment, short postings and glittery flim flam are not going to achieve anything but I think it is positive that despite being well behind the curve there is at least a recognition of a) the value and b) the current capability deficit. Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga's online presence. The Thin Pinstriped Line is written by a former civil servant at the Ministry of Defence who also has experience has a Reservist Officer in the Royal Navy. Change ), The North Sea Floods of 1953 – Swords to Ploughshares, http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2015/02/gifted-artists-in-military.html, A refocus of military influence « Mind Hacks. Surely it is not because your have a sensible opinion about things??? Some partners do not ask for your consent to process your data, instead, they rely on their legitimate business interest. Twitter etc. Completely agree with Sven’s take on how to deal with the radical Jihadist. Dave Weigel has the best political twitter feed out there and it’s great. 1 talking about this. Think Defence | Think Defence is designed to start sensible conversations about UK defence issues, no agenda or no campaign but there might be one or two posts on containers! I see the ancient art of pilfering is alive and well. Follow THINK on Instagram to get updates on the week's most important political analysis. Why we in the west have been unable to win the information war is beyond me. Real time intelligence is possible to extract and the impact of a single image tweeted around the world cannot be underestimated. You could also spread disunity by suggesting to jihadists that someone of their own is actually a traitor. The UK’s lack of Information Operations capability and the dead hand of the MoD’s social media engagement policy has been a recurring subject of discussion on Think Defence. Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga’s online presence. For now, it is the best way to speak, and try to find, an interested public. my reaction: There are even groups suggesting that a “cyber first” targetting strategy is a good thing – as in if you want to go into a city, you disable its power, telecoms, and utilities through hacking, not via the use of 2000LB LGB’s , simply because it will be easier to restore the facilities afterwards. Such modernity! Did Amazon hear you were coming and that’s what tipped them over the edge to end server provision? Next year will probably be the same, I want to update the long read back catalogue and neaten the formatting up so it works with the new template. The group's members intend to … Our lives are impoverished without some pallets, some political baiting, astute/critical mil commentary, and other more general arsing about. So 120 now up to 2,000 ? The idea of conveying moderate Islam is not going to do anything about the already radicalised men. Where will they recruit from, will vacant posts be back filled and the obvious question is, what units will suffer as a result of the formation of the 77th? 3. I think McCaskill’s populist defense of Twitter is ultimately not that interesting. Sounds very Mission Impossible. He’s still sounding miserable on his blog. If we look back to only last week with the post on the lack of British Military Bloggers. A powerful stab at the morale at ISIS personnel and a reminder to those in the West that the Peshmerga are the ‘good guys’. There is an argument that the Army should stick to its knitting, yes, conflict is changing, yes, social media and information operations are vitally important, but swapping combat power for a capability that can be delivered by civilian organisations (in the main) is actually a very poor use of finite resource. Despite a break in posting over the last few years, ‘Sir Humphrey’ has sailed back into the ocean of defence commentary where he is very active and frequent… The Peshmerga, although arguably less coordinated have what I think… There was a recent book on a liberal interpretation of Islam by a Muslim scholar. Far more lawyers are the kind who are sitting there writing stuff and sitting in front of computers and never get in the courtroom. Think Defence. Would love your thoughts, please comment. 2. As you know, I constantly teeter on the edge of packing all this stuff in but usually give my head a wobble and carry on, albeit at a much-reduced level of output. The real strength of Think Defence however, is not the content, it is the comments, all 164 odd thousand of them. Have we lost of the art of digging in and building field defences? It’s addressing the unproblematic ones instead. @TD Actually boss, Dii moved to IE8 last year. Is still blocked, so hopefully someone gave the 77th some civvy laptops…. Think Tank Taps Defense Dollars. Make yourself visible on twitter and we can continue from there! On top of that, the two main bits of work in the pipeline are pieces on Strike and the Bailey Bridge. On Strike, my view is that an enlarged medium-weight force represents the best approach for British Army, combining affordability and employability against the widest range of potential contingencies, leaving room to plug the numerous capability gaps that exist and play a part in the post-Brexit post-COVID prosperity agenda. https://parler.com/profile/ThinkDefence/posts, 2021, hope everyone has a better year than 2020. ‘Hail Mary time’ for Derek Chauvin’s defence: Legal experts. Don't get me wrong, one cannot defeat a hardened enemy with… 1. It has become the Remoaning hell hole that Pete North loves so much! Too many bridges?? Any idea why they’ve suspended your account? That in a nutshell is the problem, maybe it should be headed by civilian’s with the military being subordinate to the decisions made. The message was clear, the intent obvious and the effect, chilling. (Not sure I’m partic enthused about Parler I have to say😬), I can still read all your Tweets and replies you know, and it is spelled Mexeflote, just so you know :). What do we have to do ? It was personal, visceral and absolutely targeted at the morale of the ISIS fighters. With 35k followers built up over a decade, it won’t be easy to walk away but if I have to, I will. We will see what Twitter decide, and as a hedge, have set up Parler and Gab accounts if anyone fancies popping over. Frequency 2 posts / month Since Feb 2009 Blog thinkdefence.co.uk I honestly though this was a joke, it just seemed so ‘out there’ but no, it is absolutely true and has exploded all over social media channels (which is interesting in itself). Hoping that Twitter Support realizes their error. Business Litigation. Hmmmm, very interesting especially being ex-Psyops. All Chauvin’s defence team must do is sow doubt in one juror, but lawyers say this could be an uphill battle. White-Collar Defense. Meanwhile, talking nonsense and having a laugh on Twitter is on hold as the powers that be have suspended my account. @John Hartley On Twitter, as you may know, I also kept an active presence, over 8,000 followers now, although not quite in Justin Bieber territory! ... RUSI members have access to the very best defence and security analysis and are introduced to a network of peers, specialists and decision-makers. I think we ought to retaliate by stealing the Desert Rats. This gap has lasted too long. Trump's Twitter defense of Flynn shows he can sympathize — just not with coronavirus victims. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. If you integrate offensive Cyber then there are those who suggest it should be done openly by uniformed personnel to provide clear differention between “unclaimed” ops by spooks running rings of black hats, as opposed to a clear “strike”. I also wonder if this is wholly a role for a ‘soldier’. 2020 saw a handful of long reads published and some updated, with a new theme that is faster and cleaner. Kinsella: I think the criminal defense attorney is what the majority of people think of when they think of a lawyer, when in reality we are a very niche portion of what lawyers are. I honestly don’t know, they have not yet been in touch, What the bloody hell ? I am really looking forward to both, although not sure in what order they will come out. In the old days, bombers would drop leaflets, now you can do it on the internet, or perhaps a MI6 sting operation, where jihadist cassettes & DVDs get swapped at the supplier for liberal versions. The table below showed the strength at the end of last October. Mock outrage aside, the original 77 Indian Infantry Brigade still exists in the form of the 77 Mountain Brigade. This meant two things, no defence in depth and what limited air cover could be provided over San Carlos would be extremely limited in duration. http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2015/02/gifted-artists-in-military.html, ‘this is a serious subject that needs a heavyweight and long term commitment, short postings and glittery flim flam are not going to achieve anything’. We should be buying up loads of those & distributing them for free (or subsidised). 1500 minimum, less than half to be reservists – so lets say 800 regs, 700 reserves ? This is all relevant of course because of the recent news of the establishment of the 77th Brigade which will apparently replace the SAG. I guess the first challenge will be to get DII to allow access and get some computers that don’t run Internet Explorer 6. the suggestion is the ability of the MoD to engage with the world of social media is hampered by deeply ingrained cultural issues. It is a bit different than Twitter and doesn’t have anywhere near the mass, but Twitter has become an increasingly toxic place with someone always ready to spark up the outrage bus for the merest of an infraction, gets a bit boring after a while and this is the nudge I needed to actually do some writing instead of posting spicy memes on Twitter. What made it seem so impossible (apart from the Chindits/77th Indian Infantry Brigade thing) was the proposed size of the force, 1,500 to 2,000 full time and reserve personnel from all three services with less than half being reservists. ( Log Out /  Blue-Collar Defense. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Defence & Security The UK plays an active role in global military and civilian operations amidst new, asymmetric non-state threats, a protectionist, unpredictable Trump administration, and traditional state actors, challenging the rule-based international system. Whatever the truth, whatever the reality, the simple fact is it is this issue that is getting most attention which to my way of thinking is rather a poor start for an organisation that is supposedly media savvy. Ref: “but swapping combat power for a capability that can be delivered by civilian organisations (in the main) is actually a very poor use of finite resource” – Can it, and should it be delivered by civilian organizations ? What’s going on TD ? It emphasises on the people, the issues, the events and the technologies that drive tomorrow's response. 794 likes. In Defense of the Twitter Essay ... Rather, an essay is a light sketch, a first attempt to think about something, a provisional excursion that makes no claims to finality. We don’t even understand how radicalisation happens, so we won’t succeed to prevent it. Good luck to this new group but I think there are still questions in the why column. Whenever You Think Of Kickback In Defence Deal, Think Of Congress Leaders: BJP . Once that’s done, untangling the complex relationships between various intelligence branches of the services, special forces (especially reserve SAS), GCHQ, MI5, MI6 and the FCO will be the next challenge. How you get through it when it does happen is entirely up to you. Also explains why i’ve been seeing some “Cyber Specialist” rank slides lately. The UK's lack of Information Operations capability and the dead hand of the MoD's social media engagement policy has been a recurring subject of discussion on Think Defence. That’s like trying to influence hundreds of millions in a fight against thousands of others. 189 likes. will it really be a drain on fighty end resources ? On the Bailey Bridge, this will be a significant piece that draws from a wide range of sources (having recently spent a small fortune on various books!). UK propaganda will just be dismissed as “Crusader”. 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