whole of government
Saturday, January 7th 2017
"Yesterday’s hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee on cyber threats highlighted the fact that the United States is at war on multiple fronts with Russia, China and several lesser powers. This is not a war in the traditional sense. It involves continuous cyber intrusions into all aspects of American life: politics, economics, governance and the military. . . . . It involves a massive information warfare campaign, once called propaganda, against U.S. and allied policies and institutions."
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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
Saturday, June 25th 2016
America's Public Diplomacy officers in the field – reports are unanimous – are overworked and under-resourced. Just tending the stable repertoire of Public Diplomacy programs – work with local media, publicity for the Ambassador and administration visitors, managing an Embassy’s web presence, organizing exchanges, speakers and seminars, English teaching, American spaces, and so on – keeps American officers and their local staff winded.
The current turbulence and coming storms in international relations will provide no respite for Public Diplomacy. There will be challenges to every element of U.S. national power, especially the information element.
ISIS, Iran, China, and Russia are using their military – and information – power in new and disruptive ways. Modern communications and the social media have increased the velocity of conflict, outrunning traditional military and diplomatic communication, deliberation, and decisions.Read More
Thursday, June 9th 2016
“More drama is playing out involving the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), long recognized as one of the most mismanaged and broken of federal agencies,” wrote retired Voice of America journalist Dan Robinson. His article, “The Great Clean-Up Act at the BBG,” ran in the CPD Blog on June 7, 2016. Robinson provided a window on issues discussed among broadcasting leadership and professionals – management and personnel practices, the new leadership team, “digital first,” reliance on wire service reports, and the perennial issue of balancing advocacy with journalism among them. Here are a few bullet points:Read More
Wednesday, June 8th 2016
Writing in Spring 2016 issue of The Ambassadors Journal, Michael Lumpkin – Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center at the Department of State – outlined the challenges of countering violent extremism and the administration’s new initiatives. His article was “Engaging Through Messaging -- The New Global Engagement Center.” The entire article –- which reviewed the “whole of government” approach, the “information battlespace,” the President’s executive order, and the use of “new data analytic technologies to track counter-messaging effectiveness” -- is worth reading. Here are just a few key bullet points:Read More