Accession Number:

ADA207398

Title:

The Future of Field Press Censorship: Is There One

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-20

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

Field Press Censorship FPC was an integral feature of all major U. S. conflicts until the Vietnam War. Today, there are no units in the force structure to perform the FPC mission and, with revision of DOD Directive 5230.7 in January 1987, no authority for the Armed Forces to impose FPC in the event of war. This study addresses the viability of FPC in the 21st century and attempts to develop a practical approach to protecting vital military information in future wars. In doing so, it addresses FPC in the context of past U.S. conflicts, the impact of U.S. societal concerns, to include First Amendment rights, and communications technology advances on the concept of FPC in possible future wartime scenarios. Information upon which this study is based was obtained from a review and analysis of literature on the subject and from interviews with key Department of Defense public affairs officials, print and broadcast journalists, and news media executives. These investigative efforts support the need for a program to protect vital military information from disclosure in wartime. The evidence, however, does not support the proposition that FPC is the viable means to accomplish that mission. The study concludes by offering a recommendation on how the military should deal with battlefield news reporting in the future.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE