<i>The Fight for the Information Domain</i> video

Tuesday July 22, 2008

What is it?

The Fight for the Information Domain, intended for internal Army audiences of Soldiers, family members and Army civilians, provides a clear and compelling case on how truthful public communication plays a vital role in the war on terrorism. This short video makes clear there is an operational need - a requirement - for all us to communicate with the American public as often as possible. Hosted by Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, the program encourages everyone in the Army to tell their story to the public.

Why is this important to the Army?

The events of 9/11 were not isolated incidents. Rather, they were part of an on-going offensive which, if unchecked, could create parts of our world where basic human rights and democratic freedoms are forbidden. Today, the war on terror is truly global. In the words of al-Qaeda senior leadership, "more than half of this battle is on the battlefield of the media," and their effort in this regard is fully operational. Web sites, satellite television, and online video games are all being used to recruit, finance and connect violent extremists around the world. Other efforts seek to disrupt our operations or simply break America's will to fight.

How can members of the Army family tell their story?

Your command or installation public affairs office can provide assistance in finding speaking opportunities. It is recommended you coordinate any media interviews with your public affairs staff as both a courtesy and for any support one may require. More importantly, reaching out to your hometown communities provide excellent opportunities to share your experiences with local organizations, churches, schools or civic groups.

Where can I view the video?

The Fight for the Information Domain video is posted on U.S. Army Web site. Please look under the "videos" tool bar. It is posted for download. DVDs will also be sent to command and installation public affairs offices.

Video: The Fight for the Information Domain.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Fort Bragg environmental award is an Army first (CO)
  • USAAC Soldiers win top TRADOC titles (ARNews)
  • Wrangler Brigade leads in combat fashion (ARnews)
  • BACH commander carries big dreams (TLC)
  • Star-spangled woman was in Women's Army Corps (ZTR)
  • A Soldier's tale: Wounded in Iraq, struggling to rebuild his life (KC)
  • Wounded war veteran is on a roll (SPT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Bush thought likely to reduce U.S. forces in Iraq by year's end (BG)
  • Iraq points to pullout in 2010 (WP)
  • Senior al-Qaida leader gives interview (WP)
  • Troops to receive more bomb protection in Afghanistan (USA)
  • Unilateral action by U.S. a growing fear in Pakistan (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • As wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lengthen, emotional toll on military families deepens (ST)
  • Video: War torn (NYT)
  • Gitmo trial begins for bin Laden's driver (WP)
  • U.S. troops train Georgians amid tension (WT)
  • Russian bombers could be deployed to Cuba (WP)
  • Raytheon tests Excalibur's low-cost titanium base design and on-board recorder (BJ)
  • New retreat could help veterans transition (TS)
  • Black Knight blog to debut Tuesday (GAS)

WORLD VIEW

  • Bin Laden driver deniesGRD | Story)
  • Hizbullah identifies bodies of 157 fighters returned by Israel (DSL | Story)
  • Beyond a cease-fire, Gaza needs help (DSL | Story)
  • Government faces tight confidence vote (ET | Story)
  • Video: Hunt for Karadzic ends (AJ | Story)
  • Top Serb war crimes suspect Karadzic arrested (AA | Story)
  • Soldier filmed shooting Palestinian: Commander ordered me to do it (Htz | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Related to today's Focus topic: Why I feel blogging by military members and families is so important (MP)
  • Army blogging = Horror story waiting to happen? (Wired)
  • Related to article under Interest: Emotional toll on military families (SF)
  • Related to article under Army: Army Chief Of Staff: Fort Bliss PTSD program should be replicated (SM)
  • Iraqi, U.S. forces keep pressure on the Mahdi army (TLWJ)

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Events

July 26, 2008: 60th Anniversary of the Integration of the Armed Forces

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Leaders have to lead in information engagement effort. Leaders are the only ones that know, truly, how the effects of that information engagement will help them accomplish their strategic objectives."

-Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
Addressing the 2008 Army Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium

"On the shooting range, everyone is a safety officer. In the battlespace of the information domain, every Soldier must join the fight."

-Secretary of the Army Pete Geren,
Addressing the 2008 Army Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium

STAND-TO!

STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

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