CLBR #258: Russia and the Weaponized Narrative

Russia and the Weaponized Narrative with Braden R. Allenby

Co-chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative of the Center for the Future of War
at Arizona State University

Weaponized narrative seeks to undermine an opponent’s civilization, identity, and will by generating complexity, confusion, and political and social schisms. It can be used tactically, as part of explicit military or geopolitical conflict; or strategically, as a way to reduce, neutralize, and defeat a civilization, state, or organization. Done well, it limits or even eliminates the need for armed force to achieve political and military aims

guest22aBraden R. Allenby is President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law; Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics; Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management; and co-chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative of the Center for the Future of War, at Arizona State University.

He moved to ASU from his previous position as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T in 2004. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University, his JD and MA (economics) from the University of Virginia, and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University. He is an AAAS Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and was a U. S. Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow from 2009 to2010. From 1995 to 1997, he was Associate Director for Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and from 1991 to 1992 he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. His latest books are Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering (co-authored with Tom Graedel in 2009), The Techno-Human Condition (co-authored with Dan Sarewitz in 2011), The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering (2012), The Applied Ethics of Emerging Military and Security Technologies (an edited volume released by Ashgate Press in 2015), Future Conflict and Emerging Technologies (2016), and Weaponized Narrative: The New Battlespace (a collection of essays co-edited with Joel Garreau, released in 2017). After OCS at Ft. Benning, he served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers (1972-1975).




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