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Emerging Hybrid Threats: AI And Microtargeting Disinformation As A Security Threat To The Protection Of International Forces

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Disinformation has mainly been viewed as a communication challenge. For entities like the UN, the EU and NATO, it has evolved into a security threat and a Force Protection (FP) challenge, as well as a threat to the well-being of deployed individuals and their families overseas. Feasibly, this threat will only grow with the combination of AI-enabled “deepfakes” and microtargeting.

Problem statement: What role does strategic communication play in ensuring that peacekeeping and EU missions continue to have enhanced protection of their military forces overseas?

So what?: Strategic, emotive communication must urgently become an integral part of the planning and execution of mission security, which should expand in scope to include civil society organisa- tions in the areas where personnel are deployed.


The rest of this article can be found on The Defence Horizon Journal website.


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