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John Cappello

Senior Fellow

Biography:

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to FDD’s MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

12th June 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Kremlin Disinformation Effort Is More Than Just Facebook

John Cappello

Russia’s disinformation campaign isn’t just a marketing problem for Facebook or a series of nuisance bots on Twitter. It’s a concerted effort to not just disrupt Western liberal institutions, but to actually manipulate narratives that affect foreign policy decision-making. more...

Analysis & Commentary

12th June 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Kremlin Disinformation Effort Is More Than Just Facebook

John Cappello

Russia’s disinformation campaign isn’t just a marketing problem for Facebook or a series of nuisance bots on Twitter. It’s a concerted effort to not just disrupt Western liberal institutions, but to actually manipulate narratives that affect foreign policy decision-making. more...

8th February 2018 – Alhurra

Free Hour

John Cappello

FDD's John Cappello joins Alhurra's Free Hour to discuss the latest in Syria. more...

10th January 2018 – Cited by United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe–Implications for U.S. National Security

John Cappello

For years, Vladimir Putin’s government has engaged in a relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States. Mr. Putin’s Kremlin employs an asymmetric arsenal that includes military invasions, cyberattacks, disinformation, support for fringe political groups, and the weaponization of energy resources, organized crime, and corruption. The Kremlin has refined the use of these tools over time and these attacks have intensified in scale and complexity across Europe. If the United States fails to work with urgency to address this complex and growing threat, the regime in Moscow will become further emboldened. It will continue to develop and refine its arsenal to use on democracies around the world, including against U.S. elections in 2018 and 2020. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - Cipher Brief

Russia Ramps Up Media and Military Influence in Balkans

John Cappello

Since its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has waged a robust disinformation and influence campaign in the Balkans. Over the past few years, the Russians have steadily ramped up their activity in southeast Europe, analysts told The Cipher Brief. more...