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Global Engagement Center Lacks Financing And Mandate


Daniel Kimmage, the acting head of the Global Engagement Center, is not telling us the real reason the GEC remains unfunded, and rightfully so. The GEC is currently funded “out of hide“.  Politics in DC and within the Department of State are at play and it is clear this is why the GEC was not fully… Continue reading Global Engagement Center Lacks Financing And Mandate

Information operations · Information Warfare · Propaganda · Psychological Operations · Public Affairs · Public Diplomacy · Strategic Communication · Strategic Communications

3C Model – Content, Communications, Cognitive


A close friend questioned the use of the word “penetrates” in this article “Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries“.  Without the following, it was difficult to explain using an alternative, a better word. My late friend and mentor, Dr. Dan Kuehl, frequently lectured on what he called the 3-C model. I’ve asked, repeatedly, for… Continue reading 3C Model – Content, Communications, Cognitive

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National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages


Now, more than ever, we need a National Information Strategy that is insulated from domestic politics. This article highlights several serious problems which this administration is loathe to admit, Democrats cannot stop cheerleading enough to see, and that Republicans cannot stop attacking enough to fix this. We have a severe lack of military experience in… Continue reading National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages

Influence · inform and influence activities · Public Affairs · Public Diplomacy · Strategic Communication

Looking for Graphical Portrayals of Inform or Influence Activities


I have been searching for a way to portray what we do, informing, influence, strategic communication, public diplomacy, marketing, advertising, etc, in a graphical format. Most of what we do is text based, with some photographic, video and graphical products, but not a graphical portrayal of what we plan or execute. I had an idea… Continue reading Looking for Graphical Portrayals of Inform or Influence Activities

Broadcasting Board of Governors · Information operations · Narrative · Public Affairs · Public Diplomacy · Strategic Communication

“U.S. International Broadcasting: Background and Issues for Reform”


Apologies, dear readers.  My interests were elsewhere when this was published. Recall H.R. 4490, forming the International Communications Agency, keeping much of the BBG but changing names? I was curious why the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) hadn’t done a report about US international broadcasting.  It turns out they did. “U.S. International Broadcasting: Background and… Continue reading “U.S. International Broadcasting: Background and Issues for Reform”

Public Affairs · Public Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy


Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy Remarks Richard Stengel Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2014 It’s fantastic to be here. Standing room only; that’s great. Phil, thank you, and Jay, thank you. I actually have a history with the Annenberg foundation, so I… Continue reading Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Remarks at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy