SEEKING BETTER PR IN AFGHANISTAN
The Army last month issued a 33-page contract proposal seeking better communications to counteract the propaganda efforts of the Taliban and other insurgents.
“The information domain is a battlespace and it is one in which United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) must take aggressive actions to win the important battle of perception,” according to the Sept. 30 proposal from the U.S. Forces Afghanistan deputy chief of staff for communications.
The contract proposal is an indication that despite 15 years of military operations in Afghanistan, U.S. information warfare capabilities remain deficient. Friday marks the 15th anniversary of formal U.S. military operations in the conflict.
Communications programs and public affairs work are regarded as vital to gain support of the Afghan population that was identified as “the operational center of gravity” for communications efforts.
“In order to achieve success we must make better use of existing assets and bolster these with new capabilities to meet the challenges ahead,” the statement said.
“To date, the insurgents have undermined the credibility of USFOR-A, the international community, and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through effective use of the information environment, albeit without a commensurate increase in their own credibility,” it stated. “This is a critical problem for