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Manipulation: The Challenge of Disinformation Campaigns in the age of Synthetic Media

The paper examines the defense and security impacts of the troubling growth of disinformation and information campaigns and a series of four drivers that are shaping this increase in both frequency and sophistication of these campaigns in 2020. It also assesses the nature of the threat going forward, including exploring the threat to the integrity of veracity posed by deepfakes and other synthetic media. The paper concludes with high-level recommendations that governments, militaries, and the private sector can take to better manage what has become one of the most pressing and affecting security challenges of the 21st century.