America and Russia in the Information Environment: How to Survive in Today’s Social Media Battlefield


America and Russia in the Information Environment: How to Survive in Today’s Social Media Battlefield


Video recording of a lecture delivered on April 21, 2021 by Dr. David V. Gioe as part of the LCDR Erik S. Kristensen Lecture Series.
David Gioe is an Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a History Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute, and, currently, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. In his Global Professorship at King’s College, he is examining why and how state intelligence services have harnessed emerging technologies – social media platforms in particular – to shape the information environment for strategic ends. This interdisciplinary project applies intelligence history, strategic studies and technological perspectives to evaluate and to counter influence operations that seek to advance state security interests in an asymmetric manner short of war. Gioe was an intelligence officer, serving as a counterterrorism analyst and serving multiple overseas tours as an operations officer. His articles have appeared The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy.

The lecture is part of a joint lectures series between St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy to honor the memory of Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen. An alumnus of the United States Naval Academy and the St. John's College Graduate Institute, Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2005. This lecture series aims to create even greater ties between the two schools, as well as to educate the public about civil-military relations and the place of the liberal arts in the education of naval and military professions.



Annapolis, MD




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