November 8, 2018  |  Updated November 13, 2018

#PutinAtWar: Disinformation targets Trident Juncture

By Donara Barojan
Source: DFRLab

A regular military exercise conducted by NATO this month has been the target of a familiar pattern of Russian disinformation.

Trident Juncture is NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War. 50,000 personnel from 31 NATO and partner countries are training to defend allies from a foreign invasion by a fictional adversary. The two-week long exercise is taking place in Norway and will end on November 7. The exercise is supported by 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and 65 vessels, including the American aircraft carrier USS Harry S. TrumanAccording to NATO, the goal of the Trident Juncture is to test the ability of NATO member states to defend their territories and populations, deter potential adversaries, and test alliance’s interoperability.

Before the exercise began, Kremlin-controlled media outlets and the Kremlin itself started an influence campaign, following a familiar pattern of the 4Ds of disinformation, which consist of dismissing, dismaying, distorting, and distracting.

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