Information and Psychological Operations as a Challenge to Security and Defence


The article focuses on information and psychological operations as a challenge for the security and defence establishments of NATO member states. A conceptualisation of the terms ‘information operations’ and ‘psychological operations’ is discussed in the contexts of reshaping the war-and-peace dichotomy, and of resilience and deterrence. It is suggested that these terms suffer from a normative approach to the paradigm of war and peace, and to the use of non-military means. This may lead to the greater vulnerability of security and defence systems in confrontation with an adversary. Also, special attention is paid to the vulnerabilities of security and armed forces, being overlooked in concepts of resilience.

Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Vejvodová, Ph.D., born 1984. Works as assistant professor at the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, and since 2016 has been the head of Security and Strategic Studies. She graduated in political science and international affairs at the Faculty of Social Studies. Her doctoral studies were successfully finished in 2014 with her PhD thesis on international cooperation of European neo-Nazis. In her research, she focuses on political extremism and radicalism in Europe, security policy, information warfare, propaganda and disinformation campaigns. Petra is author and co-author of multiple research papers. She is also a member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network and the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues.

Country: Czech Republic


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