War and media operations: the U.S. military and the press from Vietnam to Iraq

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"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
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages226
ISBN (Print)0415416590, 0203964527, 9780415416597, 9780203964521
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameCass military studies


  • Armed Forces and mass media


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