Accession Number : ADA313506

Title :   Media Impact: Why the Army Must Plan to Support the Media.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Graham, Tyrone L.

PDF Url : ADA313506

Report Date : 01 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : This paper takes a historical view of the relationship between the military and the media. The impact of the media is examined in each major conflict, starting with the Revolution War and ending with Somalia. The manner in which the military has interacted with the media is examined. The extent of media influence on the American public is reviewed and its impact on the military discussed. The relationship between favorable media coverage and access to the battlefield is reviewed and examples of strong leadership countering negative media given. Arguments for and against full media access to the battlefield are discussed in terms of the First Amendment and the militaries need to maintain operational security. Finally reasons as to why the Army leadership should plan for full support of the media in all future operations presented.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *PUBLIC RELATIONS, *ARMY, *MASS MEDIA, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, LEADERSHIP, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, ARMY PERSONNEL, BATTLEFIELDS, SECURITY, HISTORY, ARMY OPERATIONS, PROPAGANDA.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE