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Can Fighting an 'Information War' Be Suicidal?
 
USAF General Victor Renuart (center), Commanding General of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, Lieutenant General Thomas Turner (left), Commanding General U.S. Army North, and Major General R. Martin Umbarger (right), the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, take questions from media representatives  (Photo: SGT J. Ford)  

 

FIGHTING THE INFORMATION WAR BUT LOSING CREDIBILITY:
WHAT CAN WE DO?

Lieutenant Colonel Rumi Nielson-Greene
US Army

Senior Service Fellow

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

In the absence of doctrine, military organizations have experimented with strategic communication during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the end, these well-intended schemes might cost the United States its credibility.

Why did these ill-advised initiatives become so pervasive? How do we meet the need to communicate in a far-sighted way that is integrated into all operations and demonstrated in not only words but by deeds?

This US Army National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government author examines the issues and the implications for United States' Military Strategy in this
Military Review article.


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