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Loose blogs may blow up BCTs
ARNEWS ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Gary Sheftick

Posted on 11/14/2005 3:42:48 PM PST by SandRat

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 10, 2005) – This is not your father’s war, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker tells troops in a videotaped message emphasizing proper Operations Security procedures and responsible use of the Internet.

The video is part of the Army’s comprehensive OPSEC Action Plan that has Mobile Training Teams visiting deploying units to teach how improper information and photographs posted on the Worldwide Web could endanger lives.

For instance, photos of combat operations and destroyed military equipment could provide the enemy with clues about U.S. vulnerabilities, said Maj. Michael Pate, the Army’s OPSEC officer at the Pentagon.

`OPSEC is not censorship'

“This isn’t censorship,” Pate said about the OPSEC plan he had a key role in devising. “It’s about striking a balance between freedom of expression and protecting sensitive military information.”

In World War II and Korea, it took a long time for information to move from the battlefield to the public, Schoomaker says at the beginning of his video. Today with the Worldwide Web, it’s immediate with the push of a button.

CSA: Info-tech explosion global

“We have an information-technology explosion that is global,” Schoomaker said. “Our adversaries have the ability to take our utterances, our writings and our pictures and do all kinds of things to harm us.”

Web logs, or blogs, are a venue where instances of unauthorized photos and some sensitive information have been inadvertently disseminated, Pate said.

MNC-I first with blog policy

So the Multi-National Corps-Iraq headquarters came up with a policy for the increasing number of Soldiers posting blogs in theater. Some of the Soldiers found that posting a periodic blog to the Web was easier than sending multiple e-mails to friends and family. Others have found a modicum of fame for their descriptive coverage of life in the combat zone.

The MNC-I policy requires Soldiers to register their blogs through their unit chain of command. A list of blogs is maintained at the division level, complete with Web addresses and points of contact.

The policy also identifies established elements such as Army Web Risk Assessment Cells and Information-Assurance teams that assess Web sites and monitor information for compliance with Army policy. Such information includes classified info, casualty information before next-of-kin notification, info prohibited by the Privacy Act and details of incidents under investigation.

Commanders are able to develop their own OPSEC policy addressing blogs, Pate said, under the umbrella of Army policy and guidance.

OPSEC plan comprehensive

The Army’s new OPSEC initiatives are comprehensive and range from individual to institutional training, Pate said.

The Mobile Training Teams provide unit-level training, Pate said, to priority-one units scheduled to deploy. The MTTs come from the Army OPSEC Support Element established earlier this year out of the 1st Information Operations Command (Land). located at Fort Belvoir, Va.

MTTs recently visited the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to provide OPSEC instruction to one of its brigade combat teams at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Smaller units can access OPSEC training modules through Army Knowledge Online, Pate said. He said users can click on center right of the AKO front page on “Army OPSEC News,” sign in again using their AKO password and enter the OPSEC Portal.

The OPSEC Portal includes a number of Power-Point briefings that Pate said assist in satisfying OPSEC training requirements.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bcts; blogs; blowup; loose; may; opsec

1 posted on 11/14/2005 3:42:49 PM PST by SandRat
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2 posted on 11/14/2005 3:43:56 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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seems like if there's one thing this age doesn't get, it's how to shut up.

3 posted on 11/14/2005 4:02:37 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (I must be a little punk, because coffeebreak said so.)
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photographs posted on the Worldwide Web could endanger lives. For instance, photos of combat operations and destroyed military equipment could provide the enemy with clues about U.S. vulnerabilities

A visit to well-known "progressive" sites can be very informative about just how they support the troops. On one (not DU) they are promoting a book of photos taken by independent photographers in Iraq. Of course all the photos support the "insurgents."

It's likely that the photos include destroyed U.S. military equipment.

Regardless, what about opinions posted by American civilians opposed to the war. What kind of warm fuzzy feelings can the enemy get from reading their opinions?

Should the photographers warn U.S. troops of any impending danger? was a question.

Though it's "murky," no was the consensus. To wit, "They are fighting against the occupiers, and unfortunately, that's us."

So just like Viet Nam: Keep fighting, you enemies of the U.S.! Down to the last man if you must. American civilians and Washington itself will hand you victory.

4 posted on 11/14/2005 4:46:10 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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5 posted on 11/15/2005 3:05:11 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: SandRat

Use some common sense ~ Bump!

6 posted on 11/15/2005 8:02:31 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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