There is near-unanimous agreement among national security experts that our adversaries are attempting to influence the outcomes of the 2020 elections through the pervasive use of digital and information warfare. Our intelligence communities are overwhelmingly made up of non-partisan, career civil servants. They use some of the most sophisticated signals and analytical capabilities in the world to monitor and assess these threats and their impact on campaigns, the election infrastructure, and voter perceptions. This intelligence is then passed onto our elected and appointed officials who develop overt and covert policies and operations to defend our homeland and the integrity of our democratic institutions against our adversaries.
The bedrock of our democracy depends on trusting the analyses of our intelligence community as they act against election interference. Politicizing these facts plays into the very hands of the nation-state actors who are weaponizing information through social and traditional media to manipulate our perceptions on the strength of our democracy.
In this ICIT Fellow Perspective Essay, Parham Eftekhari explains:
- Why Election Security is Not a Partisan Issue
- The Threat Adversarial Nation-States Pose to the Integrity of US Elections
- The Roles and Responsibilities of the Media, Voters, and Politicians in the “Whole-of-Nation” Defense of US Election Infrastructure
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