Accession Number:

AD1040766

Title:

UTILIZING SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROTECTING MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, DISTANCE LEARNING, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2016-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Social media is rewriting the rules of modern warfare, making it more difficult to analyze and predict our enemies and control the information that is in the public domain. It is essential to ensure the safety of military members and their families when using social media, all while continuing to tell the U.S. Air Force Air Force story. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if social media, specifically Facebook, poses a threat to military members and their families. A subset of this study is to evaluate if the education provided by Public Affairs is adequate to protect military members and their families in an ever-evolving technological society. Terrorist groups depend on open media systems, such as social media, to further their message, actively recruit, and promote propaganda. A 2012 study showed that pproximately 90 percent of organized terrorism on the Internet use social media to carry out their threat or cause. As of 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS supporters used at least 46,000 accounts on Twitter. ISIS released more than 100 service members names through social media in March 2015, and charged its members to kill those service members whose names, photos, and addresses were posted online. The threat is significant and growing at a rapid pace. Continuing the status quo does not decrease the threat of social media to military members and their families. The Air Force must incorporate a multi-tiered approach to reduce the threat social media poses to military members and their families. This includes establishing a course at the Defense Information School DINFOS that focuses on social media and the associated threats of this growing communication creating a risk communication strategy or case study and updating policy and guidance in a timely manner to reflect the growing threat and the pace in which social media is emerging.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE