Look to Cold War History to Confront Russian Meddling

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Members of Congress have expressed deep concern over the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign in the 2016 election. They have even taken some action, most notably voting in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 to dramatically broaden the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) mandate to include countering propaganda and disinformation from state actors like Russia.

“First and foremost, Russia is our adversary, not our ally. Period. End of story,” Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) says. The United States needs a counter-covert influence strategy to take on Russian disinformation efforts, the former undercover CIA officer told The Cipher Brief.

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