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New GAO Report of Interest on Information Operations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued important new testimony entitled “GAO-21=525T Information Environment: DOD Operations Need Enhanced Leadership and Integration of…

New GAO Report of Interest on Information Operations

New GAO Report of Interest on Information Operations
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued important new testimony entitled “GAO-21=525T Information Environment: DOD Operations Need Enhanced Leadership and Integration of Capabilities”.

According to the GAO, “potential adversaries (such as Russia and China) are using information to achieve their national objectives and undermine the security and principles of the United States—e.g., propaganda and cyberattacks. To counter these activities, DOD can use "information operations." These operations integrate DOD activities, such as by combining electromagnetic warfare and cyberspace operations. But we testified that DOD made little progress in implementing its information operations strategy and had challenges conducting information operations. In our prior work, we recommended that DOD improve its leadership and address its challenges in this area."