SEEK­ING BET­TER PR IN AFGHANISTAN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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

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