A Change of Weaponry

What Lithuania’s Experience With Information Warfare Tells Us

29 October 2019

Information technology has changed the means and weapons of warfare. How to defend against a weapon that is, much like a poisonous gas, invisible and slow, but has a lethal effect?

When Russia used its energy resources to manipulate its neighbours, Lithuania was one of the first NATO countries to notice and begin talking about it with a loud voice.

At that time, many ignored our warnings, even mocked them, claiming that we were struggling to get rid of our Russophobic habit. Nevertheless, energy security has become essential to the European Union and part of the NATO countries’ national strategy.

There is a similar case for information warfare. It took the Crimean annexation, the US elections and Brexit for our partners to hear what we wanted to tell them about Russian manipulation. However, the methods and tactics of information warfare have already changed. Does Lithuania still have momentum in the ever-changing information warfare battlefield?

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