This bill would establish the Center for Information Analysis and Response that would focus on countering anti-American propaganda and information warfare conducted by foreign governments. It would operate within the State Dept. and focus on propaganda produced by the governments of Russia and China, in addition to other nations.
The Center would:
Lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of foreign propaganda;
Establish a framework for integrating that data into the process of developing U.S. strategy;
Develop and synchronize government programs to expose and counter foreign propaganda operations that undermine U.S. national security interests while advancing fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.
Additionally, the bill would expresses that Congress believes:
Foreign governments such as those of Russia and China use disinformation and other propaganda to undermine the national security goals of the U.S. and its allies;
The U.S. government should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter foreign propaganda and assert leadership in developing a fact-based strategic narrative;
An important element of this strategy should be to promote a free press in countries that are vulnerable to foreign disinformation.