Sunday, October 30th 2016
“When an agency director has been arrested on drug charges, say, or when there has been a dramatic failure to provide some essential service, the PIO must stretch his expressive gifts to the limit.”
Headline: Boomer PharisaismRead More
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:Read More
Friday, June 17th 2016
“Whatever might be said about Russian foreign and military policy in Ukraine and the former soviet states, they cannot be accused of not taking Information Warfare seriously.” Retired Royal Navy Commander Steve Tatham so opened his July, 2015, paper, “The Solution to Russian Propaganda is not EU or NATO Propaganda but Advanced Social Science to Understand and Mitigate its Effect in Targeted Populations,” published by the National Defense Academy of Latvia.
The paper breaks into three parts. Tatham opened with a review of recent Russian initiatives, many astonishing in their audacity. He followed with a critique of NATO and Western counter-messaging (too often “crafted by European or North American men in suits sat behind a computer in an office”) because it is not informed by social research on target audiences, and he closed with recommendations. His closing thoughts on risk were telling.Read More
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.Read More
Wednesday, December 2nd 2015
The full text of Section 1056 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016, signed into law by President Obama on November 25, 2015, is below.
Although paragraphs (b) and (c) focus on technology and demonstrations, Section (a)(2) provides DOD with very broad authority – “concepts,” “strategies,” “media,” “audiences,” “counter,” “potential adversaries,” “persuade,” “inspire” -- that overlaps with traditional missions of Public Diplomacy and U.S. international broadcasting.
Section (a)(2) thus raises a few questions. How will “support the broader efforts of the Government to counter violent extremism” be implemented? If DOD, State, and BBG programs overlap, how will they be coordinated or aligned? Will there be separate “lanes”? Will programs in other nations require ambassadorial approval? What kinds of “engagement technology” are contemplated?Read More