USA Today: “US ‘info ops’ programs dubious, costly”
USA Today runs a lengthy front-page story February 29 about information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that report is damning.
I won’t summarize it here, but will encourage my students to read it thoroughly and critique it.
As a spoiler, I must say that, based on working on information operations with the US military since 9/11, I agree with the devastating thrust of the article. US information operations in the military are broken. They are plagued by lack of imagination and by lack of courage. They are weak. They are timid. Oftentimes they are worse than useless.
Think I’m overstating the case? Read the article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-02-29/afghanistan-iraq-military-information-operations-usa-today-investigation/53295472/1
If we could quantify how many American military personnel have been maimed and killed needlessly because of poorly conducted information operations, we would uncover a national scandal.
We will comment on this article in our March 1 class.