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The US Army and the Media in the 20th Century
     

The US Army and the Media in the 20th Century

by Robert Davis II
 
The study highlights the recurrent tension that exists in both the Army and the US Government’s information management writ large. This tension arises from the need for operational security and effective deception and psychological operations and the need to provide transparency to secure public acceptance and support for military operations. The long-running

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The study highlights the recurrent tension that exists in both the Army and the US Government’s information management writ large. This tension arises from the need for operational security and effective deception and psychological operations and the need to provide transparency to secure public acceptance and support for military operations. The long-running debate over how the Government’s information management should be organized and operated reflects this tension. Thus, since World War I a number of bureaucratic manifestations of information management have been tried in wartime, including the Committee on Public Information, the Office of War Information, the Psychological Strategy Board, the United States Information Agency, and, most recently, the Office of Global Communications. With the exception of the United States Information Agency, whose tenure spanned the period from 1953 to 1999, all the other manifestations of bureaucratic information management rose and fell during the wars in which they were created. The growing pains of these organizations sometimes colored the Army’s relationship with the media.
The need for units in the field to participate in information management is a major challenge for future operations. This study reminds us that those commanders who have gone out of their way to engage the media have, in many cases, had the greatest success with information management.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149062065
Publisher:
ReadCycle
Publication date:
12/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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