Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga's online presence. 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. 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. 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! We and our partners process personal data such as IP Address, Unique ID, browsing data for: Use precise geolocation data | Actively scan device characteristics for identification.. 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. Think Defence. Make yourself visible on twitter and we can continue from there! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out /  Our lives are impoverished without some pallets, some political baiting, astute/critical mil commentary, and other more general arsing about. It needs to be Muslim voices, quoting from the Koran & showing a modern liberal tolerant interpretation. If I was in charge of the 77th, its part of what I would do. Think Self-Defense. Subscribe to Think Defence via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I’d rather aim to discredit / expose the jihadist celebrities. Can the Army master the cultural change needed or would this type of function be better delivered by civilian organisation? How you get through it when it does happen is entirely up to you. 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. The table below showed the strength at the end of last October. Anyway, hope Parler is working out well for you…. 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 ? Below are our favourite blogs actively posting about a wide range of matters relating to defence but is not a comprehensive listing. And probably is. Lots of people are now badmouthing you all over Twitter. On top of that, the two main bits of work in the pipeline are pieces on Strike and the Bailey Bridge. 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. 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. 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. 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? What do we have to do ? Follow THINK on Instagram to get updates on the week's most important political analysis. 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. 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. 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… 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. Is still blocked, so hopefully someone gave the 77th some civvy laptops…. Good to see that there are plans to continue writing. The series continued with images of his passport and other details. Twitter etc. 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. Meanwhile, talking nonsense and having a laugh on Twitter is on hold as the powers that be have suspended my account. Plead with @Jack directly ? Frequency 2 posts / month Since Feb 2009 Blog thinkdefence.co.uk It has become the Remoaning hell hole that Pete North loves so much! I am really looking forward to both, although not sure in what order they will come out. 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. 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. Join 10,273 other subscribers. 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!). 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. Such modernity! I see the ancient art of pilfering is alive and well. Dave Weigel has the best political twitter feed out there and it’s great. 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 have stupidly lost the title & author. Does this sound a bit like a big version of the RM’s 30X? Did Amazon hear you were coming and that’s what tipped them over the edge to end server provision? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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. Surely it is not because your have a sensible opinion about things??? How is Pete btw? This gap has lasted too long. I think McCaskill’s populist defense of Twitter is ultimately not that interesting. What works on one jihadist, may not work on another. 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’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. Even if fully tri-service, will the majority of the 800 / 700 be Army ? What’s going on TD ? Also explains why i’ve been seeing some “Cyber Specialist” rank slides lately. United States About Blog Defence Blog is the independent, professional news source for the world's defense decision-makers. 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? Mock outrage aside, the original 77 Indian Infantry Brigade still exists in the form of the 77 Mountain Brigade. Good luck to this new group but I think there are still questions in the why column. Too many bridges?? All Chauvin’s defence team must do is sow doubt in one juror, but lawyers say this could be an uphill battle. The idea of conveying moderate Islam is not going to do anything about the already radicalised men. The real strength of Think Defence however, is not the content, it is the comments, all 164 odd thousand of them. It emphasises on the people, the issues, the events and the technologies that drive tomorrow's response. 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. With 35k followers built up over a decade, it won’t be easy to walk away but if I have to, I will. I also wonder if this is wholly a role for a ‘soldier’. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 189 likes. 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. ‘Hail Mary time’ for Derek Chauvin’s defence: Legal experts. If they address the first challenge though, pretty sure everything else will be a piece of cake. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Twitter is an odd platform for academics, to be sure. It’s addressing the unproblematic ones instead. ... RUSI members have access to the very best defence and security analysis and are introduced to a network of peers, specialists and decision-makers. 1. the suggestion is the ability of the MoD to engage with the world of social media is hampered by deeply ingrained cultural issues. 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. 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). You can get it on Amazon. Don't get me wrong, one cannot defeat a hardened enemy with… Why we in the west have been unable to win the information war is beyond me. Personnel numbers are finite, can the Army afford to swap fighting strength for this kind of capability. 2020 saw a handful of long reads published and some updated, with a new theme that is faster and cleaner. Sure spread terror & insecurity, but also spread an alternative message. The Peshmerga, although arguably less coordinated have what I think… The Advanced Concepts Group at Sandia National Laboratories is paid to think big. The Turkish columnist I was on about is Mustafa Akyol who in 2013 published the book “Islam without extremes; a Muslim call for Liberty”. 1500 minimum, less than half to be reservists – so lets say 800 regs, 700 reserves ? 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. 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Will it only be Info Ops ? ( Log Out /  Mission Victory India (MVI) is an autonomous defence think tank established to foster progressive military leadership, selection, training, and recruitment reforms. I think there’s some okay stuff on my feed. Trump's Twitter defense of Flynn shows he can sympathize — just not with coronavirus victims. 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. Navigation About Publications Articles Team Press Partners Contact Advertise Donate 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. 794 likes. Back in November last year I published a short post about the establishment of the Security Assistance Group. Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga’s online presence. 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. Explore Think Defence's 9,438 photos on Flickr! Instead of trying to evolve with the times, the Army might be better simply recognising that there are some things better done by others? will it really be a drain on fighty end resources ? In their product lineup is a system that I think has great potential, both for the Royal Navy and export, the Chemring Centurion. Real time intelligence is possible to extract and the impact of a single image tweeted around the world cannot be underestimated. Whenever You Think Of Kickback In Defence Deal, Think Of Congress Leaders: BJP . https://parler.com/profile/ThinkDefence/posts, 2021, hope everyone has a better year than 2020. 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. Defence blog is a source of International Defence, military and strategic news and information. Let them kill each other and fragment them into marginal effectiveness. 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