Political influence operations provides an incisive examination of how external actors have infiltrated american society from lobbyists to academia to the media in order to further their own objectives. Russian interference with the 2016 us elections brought the problem of foreign influence on american politics into sharp relief however externally sponsored subversion of us decision making has been a shadowy threat to american policy for the better part of a century. The author draws upon historical examples to demonstrate how us adversaries and sometimes its ostensible allies have used the openness of american society against the countrys best interests. Asd director laura rosenberger testified at the senate select committee on intelligences hearing about foreign influence operations and their use of social media on august 1 2018. Influence operations included recruiting typically unknowing assets who would stage events and spread content from russian influencers spreading videos of police abuse and spreading misleading information about how to vote and who to vote for
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