A Russian Army member, dressed in a historical uniform, takes a selfie as he attends a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941, when Soviet soldiers marched towards the front lines at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia November 5, 2017. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is moving to ban its soldiers from sharing information on the internet, a step that follows the use of social media posts by investigative journalists to shine a light on Moscow's clandestine role in foreign conflicts.
National security adviser John Bolton holds his notes during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
Is the Pentagon gearing up to send a contingent of U.S. service member to South American in response to the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela? Apparently, according to the world's dumbest OPSEC fail.
Love broadcasting your fitness routine to everyone and their mother? Bad news, you vain bastard: The Department of Defense is cracking down on service members' use of geolocation services out of concern for operational security, which means you can no longer digitally flex for your fellow warfighters and their spouses while downrange.
As just one of the two dedicated command ships in the Navy’s operational fleet, the USS Blue Ridge has served the United States for nearly a half-century, from the Vietnam War to the growing tensions with North Korea. But according to a new report, the 7th Fleet flagship has cultivated a secondary mission in recent years as the party yacht at the heart of the Fat Leonard scandal that’s roiled the service.
The first rule of operational security, according to a major 2014 revision to Army regulations, is to maintain “essential secrecy” by “the denial of critical information to adversaries” like force strength, capabilities, objectives, and, most importantly, position. But all of the Defense Department’s opsec planning appears no match for a $100 consumer fitness wristband — an apparent security oversight that could put U.S. troops in danger downrange.