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Establishing a Long-Term U.S. Information Strategy

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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Since September 11, 2001, the United States has struggled to counter the ideology of groups like Daesh and al-Qaida. This is largely because the United States started its efforts from scratch following the abolishment of the United States Information Agency in 1998. This follows a similar trend during World War II and the Cold War. The United States has never had a cabinet-level information agency with a guaranteed seat on the National Security Council. This has led to the United States having no enduring information strategy to counter ideological threats. The United States must change its national information structure, policy, and strategy to bring all of its national power to bear against its adversaries if it ever hopes to defeat current and future ideological threats. The President, his staff, and Congress must act to ensure that there is a dedicated agency for U.S. information strategy. The National Security Act of 1947 must be amended to give the director of this agency a guaranteed seat on the National Security Council. This will allow for the employment, growth, and professional development of information specialists to the policy level of government. This will allow the United States to develop an integrated and long-term national information strategy.

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  • Information Science
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]