Volodymyr Horbulin: Science and history is a weapon for Russia
The National Institute for Strategic Studies presented a report "Active
measures of the USSR against the US: a prolog to hybrid war".
In his welcoming speech, Director of the National Institute for
Strategic Studies (NISS), academician and vice-president of the National
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Volodymyr Horbulin stated that nowadays, science
and history is a weapon for Russia.
According to Mr. Horbulin, "the world has already seen this in the
80-ies when the USSR and the US entered the confrontation where the so-called
active measures of Moscow against Washington played an important role". He
stressed that the US gained huge experience of resisting this indirect type of
aggression and worked out the means to counter it.
The NISS Director underlined that the Russian Federation concentrates
significant efforts in the information sphere - these are the attempts of
manipulation, disinformation, "stove-piping", etc., and there is a clear system
to coordinate efforts, which ensures the integrity of measures to achieve the
strategic aim. "Therefore, it is crucial for us to search for our own ways to
coordinate our capacities. In many ways, this is the aim of the development of
the strategic communications system. That is why stratcom should become an
influential means of ensuring the resilience of society, which is one of the
conditions to counter social cyberattacks that will further occur", - Volodymyr
Horbulin said adding that Ukraine has to pay more attention to acquiring the
experience of the Western partners.
Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the Staff of the
National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Valentin Petrov, who
participated in the presentation, noticed that experts of the Institute had
done a huge job - they analyzed in detail the existing threats, primarily in
the information sphere. "The Institute is the Ukrainian platform for learning
the hybrid war experience. This work is our contribution to European and
Euro-Atlantic security", - he said.
Mr. Petrov noted that in geopolitics, the Russian Federation applies
previously developed techniques adapted to a new technological platform. "We
have to accumulate and analyze this experience. We have to study thoroughly
both our present and past, otherwise we are doomed to go around in circles
making the same mistakes", - Mr. Petrov summarized.
The Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the NSDC Staff
stated that not only the Armed Forces but the whole defense and security sector
have a unique experience of countering hybrid threats and ensuring information
security in particular and national security as a whole.