Accession Number:

ADA347359

Title:

A Survey to Determine How the Media Affected Operational Security of the 1st Armored Division in Bosnia.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

MARSHALL UNIV HUNTINGTON WV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-12-09

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

War reporting has been the source of great controversy between the military and the media throughout American history Gersh, 7. A major area in which the media and military often clash involves the issue of operational security. The clash is based on the premise that, during wartime, a clever enemy can analyze a mass of unclassified, seemingly innocuous information, both from press and military sources, and make an accurate assessment of U.S. capabilities and intentions, including attack plans Aukofer and Lawrence, 23. Therefore, the military seeks to control distribution of such information to prevent compromise of its secrets and strategies to the enemy. The clash arises as the military seeks to control information for operational security purposes and the press attempts to gather and accurately report news from the battlefield in a timely manner. The press wants to tell the story and the military wants to win the war and keep casualties to a minimum. The press wants freedom and the military wants control Aukofer and Lawrence, vii.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE