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For U.S., managing foreign media is a no-win proposition

By Walter Pincus at the Washington Post  April 25, 2011

When is the Defense Department going to quit trying to manage other countries’ media?

This month, the United States Forces-Afghanistan is back in the market for a contractor to assist the command’s deputy chief of staff of communications in carrying out “proactively” public affairs activities and countering “misinformation in the media,” according to a solicitation notice.

It carries the same old slogans: “The information domain is a battle space and it is one in which [the U.S. Afghan command] must take aggressive actions to win the important battle of perception.”

This not the first of these multimillion-dollar Pentagon PR contracts. Nor is it the first one that potentially could run for five years. By the way, that would it expires in 2016, two years after our combat troops are scheduled to have left.

Face it. The overall U.S. record of influencing media in a foreign country — particularly those where U.S. troops have fought — is not very good, and recent attempts by U.S. military units have been even worse.

Take Iraq, for example……

April 25, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Government Contractor, Journalists, Propaganda | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. am a civilian contractor work for KBR.i wil be anonime bkz my bad english on 2006 i katch supkontractor company stoling material to US govermant i report to KBR menagment and nothing hapend.to them.stoling wos like thad wost double sal for kbr,disconecting som ecuipment like bad sending to subcontractor shop painting an saling to other fob and from other fob to our fob.am FN worker.thad wos becous anscil workers from us.FN workers al scil workers withe lout of experience.from balkan project. agen thank you us goverment for you trust to balkanian workers wi are olwais rady for you call to work for you.

    Comment by tere | June 24, 2011 | Reply

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