Accession Number:

ADA553027

Title:

The Strategic Paradox of Social Networks

Descriptive Note:

Strategic research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-18

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

During the past few decades, the world witnessed social media s climb from relative obscurity to a primary means of communication for millions of people. Mirroring their civilian counterparts, military organizations and individual service members discovered the benefits of social media services like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Department of Defense DOD recognized social media s value as a tool for strategic communication, and even approved the private use of social media networks on government computers. But the use of social media networks presents risks for military leaders. While imposing control measures may address some concerns, a sense of irony surrounds the military s efforts to harness the productivity of social networks, while attempting to control the information published online.

Subject Categories:

  • Radio Communications
  • Voice Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE