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  • Media,  Public Affairs

    FCC to Probe “Hidden Hand” Analysts

    The Federal Communications Commission is looking into whether the Pentagon's program to use and leverage retired officers as "message force multipliers." David Barstow broke the story in The New York Times earlier this year. Today, the Congressional Quarterly's John M. Donnelly reports the FCC launched a probe to "address congressional questions about a Pentagon program viewed by some lawmakers as propaganda."

  • Public Diplomacy

    Has State ceded all responsibility to DoD?

    From the Associated Press comes Pace Tries to Ease Iraq Concerns: ISTANBUL, Turkey – In the troubled region surrounding Iraq, a frequent question posed to the top U.S. military officer visiting the area was not when his troops will pull out of Iraq, but how long they will stay. From the glittery King’s palace in Saudi Arabia to the devastated slopes of the Pakistani mountainside and a staid Turkish symposium, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sought last week to ease concerns about whether opposition to the war at home could pressure American forces to leave Iraq before it is stable. "I think it’s fair…

  • War

    Rumsfeld on Openness

    From WSJ via FAS Secrecy News is the following: "I have long believed in the importance of granting the public greater access to information about their government–the good and the bad," wrote Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a Wall Street Journal opinion article this week, noting that he had co-sponsored the Freedom of Information Act as a member of Congress in 1966. He wrote of the challenges of informing the public in "this new Information Age," and observed that "a healthy culture of communication and transparency between government and the public needs to be established." "This openness, however, does not obviate the necessity of protecting the secrecy of confidential information…

  • Civil-Military Relations

    The real Rumsfeld?

    The new defense strategies, readiness issues,  disagreements with senior military officers, changing veteran appreciation, and more have led to these pictures. No, I did not make these, just "borrowed" them…

  • Public Diplomacy,  Smith-Mundt

    Pentagon “roadmap” calls for “boundaries”…

    Heads up on a report just acquired by FOIA by National Security Archive: Information Operations Roadmap. The National Security Archive headline describes it thus: A secret Pentagon "roadmap" on war propaganda, personally approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2003, calls for "boundaries" between information operations abroad and the news media at home, but provides for no such limits and claims that as long as the American public is not "targeted," any leakage of PSYOP to the American public does not matter. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive at George Washington University and posted on the Web today, the 74-page "Information Operations…