Accession Number:

ADA571496

Title:

Social Media

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Feb-May 22010

Corporate Author:

STRATEGIC COMMAND OMAHA NE GLOBAL INNOVATION AND STRATEGY CENTER

Report Date:

2010-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

137.0

Abstract:

Military operations define a broad realm of actions from conducting acts of war to providing humanitarian assistance, supporting civil authorities, and ensuring the legitimacy of operations to the public. It is imperative that the military has the best capabilities in order to carry out these operations as effectively and efficiently as possible. Social media provide the military with a multitude of capabilities that can aid in its efforts. Specifically, social media tools include blogs, social networking sites, wikis, and multimedia sharing sites among others. All of the aforementioned tools have been found to have legitimate uses for aiding military operations. In an effort to further social media usage in the Department of Defense DoD, the Office of the Secretary of Defense issued Directive-Type Memorandum DTM 09-026 Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-based Capabilities. This memorandum allows the usage of social media as a default and sets forth general guidelines for their use. However, it is important to understand that this form of media does introduce a certain amount of risk to the militarys cyber infrastructure. These risks must be addressed and properly mitigated to assure the safety of the networks and information contained within. It is obvious to the DoD that there must be more research into guidelines governing social media in order to safely use them, as the DTM delegates responsibilities to individual DoD components for establishing better directed guidelines that will form a new umbrella issuance in August 2010. The project focused on assessing the value of utilizing social media in military operations. Parallel to the assessment of value was the analysis of risks that the military would face as a result of employing these technologies.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE