Challenges of New Media on the Battlefield
Soldiers from 2-30 Inf Bn, 10th Mountain Division, before a mission at Joint Security Station Baladiat in Baghdad (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Bailey. Released)  



Professor Dennis M. Murphy

January 2009

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



The rapid evolution of the information environment ensures that future military operations will be increasingly complex. Additionally, non-combatants wield information as power as cell phone and Internet access proliferate. A balance of risk mitigation to both protect Operations Security (OPSEC) while leveraging information is essential to exploiting success in the current and future military operating environment. The answer lies in focusing on OPSEC within the current military planning process and increased attention to educating Soldiers in order to both enhance and protect military operations. The Outcome: Risk reduced… OPSEC considered and maintained.

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