In a speech to the Russian parliament, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the formation of a new information warfare branch of the Russian military, according to the Associated Press.
The public announcement comes at a time of major, and not-so secret, military revitalization of the Russian military. Across their army, air force, and navy, the Russians are expanding capacity and technology.
While Shoigu alluded to a possible use of the information warfare troops with “propaganda needs to be clever, smart and efficient,” there can be little doubt the Russians are publicly flexing their military might in a new arena, coming on the heels of a number of other military showcases.
Cyber warfare has become a major focus for Russia, and all major military powers, over the last few years. The United States has made cyber and information warfare a priority, creating the Cyber Command in 2009.