- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was accompanied by a disinformation campaign and attacks on civilian areas.
- The United States is already using these lessons in training the army for possible future wars, The AP reported.
- US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said the entire military was trying to learn lessons from Ukraine.
US Army trainers are already using lessons from Russia’s war in Ukraine to train soldiers for potential future conflicts with adversaries like Russia or China, The Associated Press reported.
“I think right now the whole army is really watching what’s going on in Ukraine and trying to learn from it,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told the AP.
According to the AP, this month’s training at the National Training Center involves actors who speak Russian. The storyline focuses on enemy forces using social media to spread propaganda about American troops as well as forces using missiles in their efforts to take over cities.
Wormuth told the AP that the crisis in Ukraine shows how important the information realm is going to be for US forces.
Brig. Gen. Curt Taylor said the goal was to train the brigades to use all of their combat tools to conduct a coordinated attack, including countering online disinformation.
Russia has used disinformation online and on state-sponsored media to disrupt the narrative that Ukraine is the aggressor in the invasion. By using real footage from the war, the propaganda machines give a different explanation of what happened.
Another part of the training will focus on dealing with an enemy who is ready to use missiles to strike civilian areas, the AP reported.
Russia attacked hospitals and apartment buildings, among other civilian buildings. Ukraine, along with many other countries, has accused Russia of war crimes by targeting civilian areas.
“We have to be prepared for urban combat where we have an adversary firing artillery indiscriminately,” Taylor said.