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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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The Defense Science Board Summer Study on the Transition to and from Hostilities was formed in early 2004 the terms of reference are contained in Appendix A and culminated in the production of a final report and summary briefing in August of 2004. The DSB Task Force on Strategic Communication conducted its deliberations within the overall Summer Study schedule and revisited a topic that was addressed in October 2001.1 Task Force members and Government advisors are identified in Appendix B. The current Strategic Communication Task Force re-examined the purposes of strategic communication and the salience of recommendations in the earlier study. It then considered the following questions 1 What are the consequences of changes in the strategic communication environment 2 What Presidential direction and strategic communication means are required 3 What should be done about public diplomacy and open military information operations The Task Force met with representatives from the National Security Council NSC, White House Office of Global Communications, Department of State DOS, Department of Defense DOD, Broadcasting Board of Governors BBG, and the private sector the schedule of meetings, briefings and discussions is contained in Appendix C. Based on extensive interaction with a broad range of sectors in the government, commercial, and academic worlds, as well as a series of highly interactive internal debates, we have reached the following conclusions and recommendations.
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