Thursday, December 4, 2014

Counter-Narrative Important in Counter-Insurgency

Captain Robert A. Newson, a Navy SEAL, has published an article entitled "In Recent Battles, the U.S. Has Forgotten How to Tell Its Side of the Story. It must Remember" (December 3, 2014). It is posted on the Defense in Depth Blog of Janine Davidson (Council of Foreign Relations). Newson argues that ". . . the United States has effectively ceded the information domain without a fight." He states that "an effective information operations strategy will hinge on both long-term commitment and a willingness to expose audiences to the full complexity of political issues rather than resorting to misinformation and simplification." One of his observations is that the United States lost a significant information operations (IO) capability (is it now called inform and influence activities?) when it disestablished the United States Information Agency (USIA) in 1999. He states that the U.S. Army Special Operations Command is looking hard at this problem; citing the release of a white paper entitled Cognitive Joint Force Entry.

Read the article on the Defense in Depth Blog by Captain Newson:
". . . the U.S. Has Forgotten How to Tell Its Side of the Story. . ."

Read the white paper by the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), 26 September 2014. Cognitive Joint Force Entry

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