Accession Number:

ADA523217

Title:

Balancing Operations Security and Openness: Understanding the Military/Media Relationship in the Modern Media Environment

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. Jul 2009-May 2010

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-07

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

The militarymedia relationship is historically tenuous. While both the media and the military play a role in the preservation of American freedoms, the military depends on operations security for many of its functions while the media demands wide-open publicity. Professionals in both fields must understand the diverse considerations between military operations security requirements and media obligations to keep the public informed and then seek to reconcile them. With this foundation in mind, three areas of understanding are important to examine. First military and media professionals must understand why both operations security and openness are essential to the maintenance of a strong national defense and a free press. Second, they must understand the challenges posed by the modern media environment. And finally, they must understand the common ground upon which a militarymedia relationship can be built. This monograph analyzes the militarymedia relationship in todays complex, hybrid military conflicts.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE