Information Warfare - USAFSubmitted by We the People on Sun, 05/30/2010 - 13:09
The military cannot wait for public opinion to consolidate into a rational course of action. It must act per its political master and public opinion must follow. Therefore, the military must convince the masses that its intentions are legitimate and good and its actions are correct, in war and in peace. Recommendation: PA should channel and shape public opinion, using propaganda techniques short of disinformation, with the altruistic goal of bolstering national will to achieve victory in war.
Although this paper has used the correct terminology “propaganda” throughout, the negative connotations the word provokes may prevent a logical analysis of the issues when evaluating the PA role in IW. Recommendation: Change the terminology to “news management” to remove some of the emotional baggage associated with the word “propaganda.”
- ROBIN K. CRUMM, Major, USAF
School of Advanced Airpower Studies