• Smith-Mundt

    A book for the aspiring architect of USIA 2.0

    “Brookings Report Sees Flaws in U.S. Information Service” was the page 2 headline in the Washington Post on December 13, 1948. The report by Charles Thomson looks at the “overseas information service” during World War II and more importantly, immediately after. In reflecting on the “unprecedented instruments of world propaganda” created by the U.S. Government for the war, Thomson notes the “machinery” was not new, but the scale of peacetime engagement was new.

  • In the News,  Smith-Mundt

    Rethinking Smith-Mundt

    Rethinking Smith-Mundt by Matt Armstrong, 28 July 2008, at Small Wars Journal. Sixty years ago, the elements of America’s national power – diplomacy, information, military, and economics – were retooled with the National Security Act of 1947 and the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948. The former has received significant attention over the years and is currently the subject of an intense project to recommend updates. In contrast, the latter, a direct response to the global ideological threat posed by Communist propaganda, has been variously ignored, glossed over, or been subject to revisionism. Smith-Mundt was a largely successful bipartisan effort, establishing the foundation for the informational and cultural and educational engagement that…