Accession Number : ADA325163

Title :   Media Effect on the Operational Commander: Are You Prepared for It?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : MacNeil, James G.

PDF Url : ADA325163

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Most over the age of 3O have grown up accepting the premise that wars are waged by generals and later analyzed by historians. As the twentieth century bids us adieu, this is no longer the case. Today, instantaneous broadcast satellite technology and the Internet can put the battlefield into your living room or onto your computer screen as it unfolds. This paper's focus is on why and how the operational commander's assessment and planning for the military-media interaction can and will directly influence the level of success. This paper begins with an investigation of historical examples to learn how the military-media relationship evolved simultaneously with advances in information technology. The author then examines recent military operations highlighting military-media lessons learned or not learned. Finally, the author recommends several improvements to improve military-media success in future operations.

Descriptors :   *LESSONS LEARNED, *MEDIA, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, BATTLEFIELDS, COMPUTERS, RADIO BROADCASTING, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, SCREENS(DISPLAYS), HISTORIANS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE