Thursday, April 8, 2010
Afghanistan and the Propaganda War
It is apparent to many that the U.S. is not winning the "Information Operations" war in Afghanistan. If it were, the population would be behind the U.S. (and Afghan government) fight against the Taliban. We have had Information Operations (IO) specialists in our military since the early days of the current Afghan conflict. The military's IO bureaucracy just does not react fast enough and is not flexible enough to beat the Taliban propaganda machine. And despite increasing lip service to the IO fight our combat leaders at the unit level don't understand it and do not give it the support it needs. Read more on this topic in "To win the war in Afghanistan, the US military has to beat the Taliban at the propaganda game", The Christian Science Monitor, March 14, 2010. Read more news articles on the Afghanistan war.