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by Bruce H. McClintock
Americans became acutely aware of Russian information warfare after the 2016 presidential election, but Russia’s actions are anything but new. For more than a century, Russia has relied on disinformation, propaganda and other similar measures to achieve its objectives. For the last three decades, it has exploited its growing capabilities in cyberspace to spy on, influence and punish others.
In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin practically boasted that his country’s “patriots” may have led the efforts that upset the U.S. political process, and last week President Donald Trump and Putin spoke of establishing a joint cybersecurity unit — an idea the U.S. president quickly backed away from.