Accession Number : ADA299258

Title :   Department of Defense Combat Coverage Principles: Will They Serve Us in The Future?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Nagy, William N.

PDF Url : ADA299258

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : The major purpose of this study was to determine if the Department of Defense Combat Coverage Principles were valid and sufficient to meet the demands of both the media and the military in future conflicts. This study also examined the evolution of the military/media relationship to gain insight into how and why the principles were developed. Data were collected by a review of existing literature. Validity of each principle was established initially by the fact that the body that developed the principles was comprised of representatives of both the media and the military. Validity was further established by analyzing the data to determine whether the principles informed the public in a timely manner, provided access to the press and did not compromise operational security. Each principle was also studied for sufficiency. Would each principle as written provide the commander sufficient guidance to meet the demands of the media and the military? Results indicated that, although valid, the principles as written are insufficient to meet future demands. Results indicated that without more specific guidance the military would not afford the media the opportunity to adequately cover a military operation.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *ACCESS, *MEDIA, *PUBLIC RELATIONS, *JOURNALISM, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, REPORTS, THESES, CLASSIFICATION, GUIDANCE, CLASSIFIED MATERIALS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE