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Quotable: Brett Daniel Shehadey on the Information element of national power

Sunday, August 28th 2016

“Public Diplomacy (PD) and strategic communications (SC) are needed on a massive scale to combat international jihadism, future non-state actors and authoritarian state information agencies and efforts challenging the US identity and influence.”  Writing on the inhomelandsecurity.com website on October 27, 2013, Brett Daniel Shehadey outlined some basic concepts of the D-I-M-E (Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic elements of national power) framework, and he took a special look at the weaknesses of the “I” and “D” elements.  His essay was titled “Putting the “D” and “I” Back in DIME.”  Three years after it was published, it’s still a good primer.  Here are some highlights:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Votel, Cleveland, Connett, and Irwin on Gray Zone conflicts

Monday, June 6th 2016

The planners and thinkers of the armed forces are in intellectual ferment as they think through new challenges – ISIS, Russia, hybrid warfare, China and the nine-dash line, a larger number of nuclear states, and near-peer competition among them.  Among the new concepts under discussion is “the Gray Zone,” -- “intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal steady-state diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: David Kobs on the ideological power of the Islamic State

Saturday, March 26th 2016

“ISIS and similar groups must be defeated by advancing strong arguments that counter their ideology and by much greater socio-political inclusion for young Muslims. The struggle will be won online—not on the ground, by nurturing hearts and minds—not bombing weapons stockpiles, through proactive leadership by Islamic leaders capable of impacting Muslim people worldwide—not high power military force delivered by Western agents in the deserts of Iraq and Syria.”

 

This was the conclusion of the article, “The Ideological and Political Power of the Islamic State,” by Army Colonel David M. Kobs in the February, 2016, issue of Army War College Review (pp. 40-44).  Colonel Kobs continued, “The primary focus of the anti-ISIS coalition, then, must be countering the political and ideological tenants [sic] that seemingly empower ISIS. The military elements of national power, meanwhile, can help buy time for political reform and ideological change.”  Here are some of his other key points:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Philip Breedlove on employing the informational element of power

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

“Russia overwhelms the information space with a barrage of lies that must be addressed by the United States more aggressively in both public and private sectors to effectively expose the false narratives pushed daily by Russian-owned media outlets and their proxies. As part of the FY17 ERI request, EUCOM has requested the authority and appropriation to conduct IO.  EUCOM will continue to increase its collaboration with Department of State, other agencies, partners, and Allies in order to effectively engage select audiences and counter malign actions and activities.”

 

This is a key point in the U.S. European Command’s annual posture statement for 2016.  Air Force General Philip Breedlove discussed the statement in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 1, 2016.

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Allan West on “the information war”

Monday, January 18th 2016

“When we fail to recognize the global Islamic jihadist movement, we lack the ability to understand the history, goals, and objectives of this enemy who consistently articulates its designs, only to be discarded or dismissed by U.S. leadership,” wrote a retired Army lieutenant colonel in the January-February, 2016, issue of Military Review.  His article, sure to be controversial, was “The Future of Warfare against Islamic Jihadism: Engaging and Defeating Nonstate, Nonuniformed, Unlawful Enemy Combatants.”  The author, Allen B. West, was a member of the House of Representatives, and he is now president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis.  The article discussed both strategy and tactics, and West included comments on “the information war.”  Here are a few excerpts:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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