Category: US policy

Related American foreign, defense, and national security policy.

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...

Dr Waller to speak at 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit

(Institute of World Politics news release)  On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, IWP professor J. Michael Waller, PhD, will discuss “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy: Countering Information Designed to Mislead or Persuade” at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Please click here for more information.

What message does this send?

The US Department of Defense does not recognize the word “victory” as an official term. The authoritative DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms contains no reference to “victory.” What signal does that send?

Report: Khamenei and son stashed billions in foreign accounts

(From IranChannel.org) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his son Mojtaba have stolen billions of dollars from Iran and stashed the money in foreign accounts. This is according to a document that purports to show the ill-gotten wealth in foreign bank accounts of 1,000 of Iran’s leaders and family members. The list shows that Khamenei (in photo dressed in pink) and...

Domestic propaganda office planned to convince US public to accept taxation-by-surveillance

President Barack Obama is envisioning the creation of a new domestic propaganda office designed to convince Americans to support a new scheme for the federal government to tax them. The $200 million propaganda unit would be aimed at American citizens principally to convince them to support tax a based on the number of miles they drive, and to persuade them...

Display bin Laden’s body. Then make it disappear. Then destroy the al Qaeda legacy.

What fortuitous timing – no sooner do Arab protesters across the Middle East repudiate al Qaeda’s revolutionary model, than US hit team eliminates Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani mansion and snatches the body. Now it’s important to keep the momentum going, and to deny the enemy any propaganda victory. That means finishing off bin Laden’s ideological legacy and the...

Details on the bitter conflict between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is afraid of many things, but what concerns him most right now is that his main rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seems to be spoiling for a nasty, public fight. Like mafia gang wars, this fight promises to be brutal. It’s the type of fight in which the civilized world should be rooting for both sides –...

Jamming Qaddafi – How the US can help destroy the Libyan regime with nonviolent military action

The US or other countries can take quick, decisive action to undermine the Qaddafi regime in Libya – at almost no cost and with little organization. President Obama should order the US military to jam the Libyan regime’s communications. Simple, non-lethal electronic warfare activities carried out off Libya’s coast can blind the regime, destroy its command and control, and isolate...

Taiwanese animators lampoon ‘don’t touch my junk’

It’s bad enough that the Department of Homeland Security’s clumsy “security” over-reach alienates the average citizen the way it has, but it’s all the worse when the rest of the world starts laughing at us. Fundamental to any sound security policy is careful consideration of domestic and international response to the measures being applied. Those measures will never please everybody....

Nice post on public diplomacy in Afghanistan

Just discovered through Facebook a magnificent blog called Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan. It’s run by Mahtab Farid, a US State Department public diplomacy officer in Kabul. Mahtab is a hugely capable diplomat and communicator, and it’s really gratifying to see how the State Department public diplomacy shop is allowing its officers to make more use of unofficial online media. “Public...