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Military Intel Leaders Cite Initiatives to Fight Online Disinformation; Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy Quoted

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Online Disinformation
Online Disinformation

Military intelligence officials discussed some of the efforts service branches are initiating to counter adversaries’ online disinformation campaigns and malign influence messages, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Alex Miller, Army G-2 senior adviser for science and technology and innovation, said military personnel are adopting the OODA loop approach to decision-making – which means observe, orient, decide and act – to help counter falsities online.

Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien, Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations, highlighted the importance of people involved in efforts meant to fight malign influence.

“So there are pockets of people that have experience in how we could get after this. We need to make sure that they're part of our whole effort, and not some group over on the side doing something that other people don't understand or value,” O’Brien said. “We absolutely have to value people who are working in this space.”

Marine Corps Deputy Commandant, Information Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy said the service is trying to emulate the Air Force’s efforts to implement a culture around “convergence.”

“They've been able to take their intel apparatus, their [online intelligence] apparatus, their cryptology apparatus and a lot of the capabilities kind of under the 16th Air Force now with a commander, with unity-of-effort, unity-of-command and unity-of-purpose,” Glavy said. “So the Marine Corps is trying to mimic that as well.”