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Author Rid, Thomas, 1975-

Title War and media operations : the U.S. military and the press from Vietnam to Iraq / Thomas Rid
Published London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2007


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Description xii, 226 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cass military studies
Cass military studies.
Contents Introduction -- The military as a learning organization -- Perspectives on military learning -- A model of strategic innovation -- The history of media operations -- Disastrous public affairs: Vietnam -- Restrictive public affairs: Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf -- Experimental public affairs: Somalia, the Balkans, and Afghanistan -- A case study of strategic innovation -- Retrieving past experiences? -- Strategic public affairs: Iraq -- Discussion and outlook -- The friendly learning loop -- The adversarial learning loop
Summary "War and Media Operations introduces a model of organizational learning, redraws the US military's cumbersome learning curve in public affairs from Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, and the Balkans to Afghanistan, and finally examines whether the lessons of the past were implemented during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Thomas Rid argues that while the US armed forces have improved their press operations, America's military has fallen behind fast-learning and media-savvy terrorist organizations. His findings raise questions for journalists as well as for soldiers: what are the consequences for their profession if, as one Army colonel put it, "truth can be propaganda"? The book draws on new Pentagon sources, including doctrinal publications, internal messages and presentations, as well as personal interviews with spin doctors and the military's media managers."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-222) and index
Subject Armed Forces and mass media -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Armed Forces and mass media -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Public relations -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Public relations -- History -- 21st century.
LC no. 2006025542
ISBN 0415416590 (hbk.)
9780415416597 (hbk.)
Other Titles War & media operations