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The Military, the Press and the Gulf War

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Through use of oral history technique, this paper presents first person thoughts of the people that made the War in the Gulf the most public in history. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Public Affairs Officers and news reporters representing broadcast and print media give their accounts. Suggestions are offered for improvements in the Army Public Affairs system and the impact of the press on military strategy. Included are the steps that officers can take in their careers to avoid incidents with the press that can damage the Army and individual careers. Transcripts of interviews with the following individuals were used for this project Captain Michael Doubleday, US NAVY, General Michael J. Dugan, Air Force Chief of Staff RET Mr. Fred Francis, NBC News Captain Steven M. Hart, US ARMY, 24th Division Mech, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Icenogle, US ARMY Ms. Tansill H. Johnson, office of the Secretary of Defense, Colonel David R. Kiernan, US ARMY, Colonel Peter Kirchoffner, US ARMY, Major General Barry R. McCaffrey, US ARMY Mr. John McCutchon, San Diego Union, Mr. Jim Michaels, San Diego Tribune Colonel William L. Mulvey, US ARMY Mr. Richard F. Olson, 24th Division Mech Colonel Ron Sconyers, US AIR FORCE Colonel John Shotwell, US MARINE CORPS, Major General Winant Sidle, US ARMY RET Major General John K. Singlaub, US ARMY RET, Ms. S. Lynne Walker, San Diego Union. The interviews and transcripts used in this study are deposited in the archives of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013.

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  • Information Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Radio Communications
  • Non-Radio Communications

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