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    I don't think I've ever seen anybody called on...

    I don't think I've ever seen anybody called on the carpet for violations of doctrine, but I can't say the same for Regs. Regs dictate what you SHALL do, whereas doctrine dictates what your SHOULD do....
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    Ready - Shoot - Aim

    Okay, I stand duly chastened. Guess I need to open the old sight aperture a bit.
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    And how is this IO?

    While I'm willing to concede that a show that inaccurately portrays soldiers may have some negative Public Affairs implications, what the heck does this discussion have to do with IO as a warfighting...
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    Policy is our biggest problem

    Joel -- Good points across the board. Most of our problems with IO remain in the policy / permission / "lanes in the road" arena (what we may do) versus in the technology / TTP arena (what we can...
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    IO really isn't as hard as we make it

    Well, this is a fascinating discussion about what we think the definition of IO should be versus trying to figure out how to work with the definition that we've got. The longer we continue to debate...
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    Simple concept, difficult to execute

    At the most senior levels of military operations, commanders DO influence their political leadership. Every single day. The most effective plan for how they’re going to do it. They provide military...
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    It's a new world out there my friend ....

    The traditional view of the military as an element that only applies force to break will became obsolete years ago because it was overcome by the reality of our national security requirements. While...
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    Of course TV is only one medium for getting the...

    Of course TV is only one medium for getting the message out, so that's a pretty narrow viewpoint from which to base your assessment that armies shouldn't be in the IO business. A whole bunch of...
  9. Agreed. Some folks still don't understand the...

    Agreed. Some folks still don't understand the difference between "classified" and "sensitive." There's a lot of stuff floating around out there that the average Joe might think should be classified...
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    Sounds like we've progressed somewhat from our...

    Sounds like we've progressed somewhat from our Bosnia days, where the PSYOP teams produced a comic book in which Superman rescued some local kids from a minefield. The product was designed to warn...
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    DOD IO Roadmap maligned

    In further proof that the conspiracy theorists of the world use the military's unique language and misquotations to their advantage, DOD's 2003 IO Roadmap has been severely maligned as a document...
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    And this is a surprise because ..... ???? ...

    And this is a surprise because ..... ????

    Let's face it, most journalistic endeavors are sensationalistic in nature, because sensationalism sells. I'd be surprised to see any reporting on the fact...
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    Understanding the problem is half the fight

    In a recent address in Kansas, Secretary Gates stated “It is just plain embarrassing that Al Qaeda is better at communicating its message on the Internet than America.”

    How true .... but his...
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    Got to know your yankees

    Which variety of yankee would that be? A carpetbagger (just passing through) or a damn yankee (who has bought the house next door)?

    Also resembling the rural invective,
    Rockbridge
  15. ..and there rarely is just an organzational cure...

    ..and there rarely is just an organzational cure for anything. I agree.
  16. If all agencies operated with the intent of...

    If all agencies operated with the intent of taking action to achieve common goals versus studying, observing, considering, debating, slow-rolling, and hoping problems would go away, I'd agree....
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    What were they thinking??

    If you thought DOD got a "bad rap" for hiring Lincoln Group to place stories in the Iraqi media, get a look at FEMA's latest case of bad judgement: holding a press conference where FEMA employees...
  18. SC is a lot harder than it sounds

    While I agree with the vast majority of her assertions, the challenge we're faced with is that unless there is a single coordinating body that has tasking authority over those action agents in the SC...
  19. There's repression, and then there's publicity

    I couldn't agree more, and certainly don't advocate heading down the slippery slope to suppressing 1st Amendment rightts. If we go that direction, somebody might decide that SWJ needs to be...
  20. Killin's too good for him....

    The fine line between free speech and providing aid and comfort to the enemy has been crossed. I've always been a fan of deportation. The "black Chinook" needs to be sent out to get this guy.

    Our...
  21. The danger of being too good ....

    The real challenge faced by the strategic cameraman is that if you're too good at your job, you become a threat to the civilian media, which takes great exception to having an important piece of...
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    Maybe not worksafe???

    Guess that depends on where you work .... Some interesting graphics, and equally interesting articles, but a bit heavy on the conspiracy theory stuff. If we were really able to successfully run...
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