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Kara Frederick, associate fellow at the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, discusses how lessons from counterterrorism operations can be utilized in the fight against online misinformation campaigns.

Key lessons in countering cyber operations may be found in counterterrorism operations. Kara Frederick, associate fellow at the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, has five recommendations for the tech sector and government to help approach the new paradigm. Frederick told Government Matters that the U.S. should bolster their offensive cyber capabilities, but not necessarily use them.


“I don’t think the U.S. government should get into the business of conducting offensive influence operations. We are traditionally pretty bad at that and we shouldn’t lean into it in any way, shape or form. But, we do have to impose costs on our adversaries and we have to keep them on the back foot,” Frederick said. “This is creating friction in the information environment. And our allies have extensive experience doing this. Germany expanded its offensive cyber capabilities, so if we talk to them and figure out what works and what doesn’t, our expanded cybersecurity authorities and our strategy from last year can go a long way in helping us really get after the problem in the gray zone of the conflict.”

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