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Classic Quotable: Bert Cooper on “Teamwork in Santo Domingo,” 1965

Thursday, April 6th 2017

The collaboration between the U.S. Information Service in Santo Domingo (USIS/Santo Domingo) and the Army’s 1st Psychological Warfare Battalion during this period was a classic case of successful interagency cooperation in a crisis situation.

 

Title:                     Teamwork in Santo Domingo

 

Author:                Bert H. Cooper, Jr.

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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: Robert Caruso on “identifying, countering and neutralizing Moscow’s influence operations”

Monday, October 10th 2016

“The executive branch is neither equipped nor structured to combat influence operations from cyberspace. Unity of effort is lacking or nonexistent, and disparate efforts are scattered across multiple departments and agencies. This allows adversaries to outmaneuver and outpace slow, lumbering government bureaucracy and push their preferred narrative at lightning speed.”

 

Headline:     To Counter Russian Disinformation, Look to Cold War Tactics

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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: “The Future of the Army” Report

Sunday, October 9th 2016

In September, 2016, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council published a report The Future of the Army:  Today, Tomorrow, and the Day after Tomorrow by retired Army Lieutenant General David Barno and Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at American University’s School of International Service.

 

The two bluntly assessed national security challenges in the near, medium, and long term.  Shaping the Army and its overseas basing and logistics postures to meet these challenges will no doubt require substantial collaboration with the Department of State.

 

There are, however, no mentions of “diplomacy,” “diplomatic,” “public affairs,” “public relations,” or “civil affairs” in the report. 

 

Neither are there mentions of “information operations,” “international development,” “disinformation,” “propaganda,” or “stabilization.”  There is a single glancing mention of “interagency.”

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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: Schoen and Lamb on interagency collaboration to refute Soviet disinformation

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

“This study explains how one part-time interagency committee established in the 1980s to counter Soviet disinformation effectively accomplished its mission. Interagency committees are commonly criticized as ineffective, but the Active Measures Working Group is a notable exception. The group successfully established and executed U.S. policy on responding to Soviet disinformation.”

 

Headline:     Deception, Disinformation, and Strategic Communications: How One Interagency Group Made a Major Difference

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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: Celestino Perez on strategic discontent, politics, ideas, local knowledge, and biases

Saturday, July 2nd 2016

If I may generalize from my Foreign Service experience with the military services, what commanders want most from an American embassy is local knowledge, be it political, governmental, economic, informational, cultural, or social.  Units deployed to foreign countries surely bring capacity and expertise, and their intelligence, plans, and civil affairs officers are quick studies, but commanders well understand that their operations need the kind of local knowledge that embassies and consulates command.  They expect that knowledge from Foreign Service Officers.  They are usually surprised – and gratified -- to learn that knowledge and advice also come from expert local staff.

 

It has been my experience, too, that commands especially appreciate the knowledge provided by Public Diplomacy officers and their local staff.  Public Diplomacy officers have a mix of contacts from all walks of life.  They focus on society, culture, the media, faith, education, and opinion-forming institutions.  Reading editorials, meeting students, and monitoring social media are all ways Public Diplomacy officers feel the pulse of a society.

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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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