US Department of State

The New Face of the State Department Will be a Retired Admiral


BY PAUL MCLEARY APRIL 22, 2015 – 2:00 PM Just two months after he was forced out of his job as the Defense Department’s top spokesperson, Rear Admiral John Kirby is heading across the river to the State Department to take over the podium there, a senior State Department official confirmed to Foreign Policy. Kirby… Continue reading The New Face of the State Department Will be a Retired Admiral

Information operations

Who is gutting Strategic IO?


First JMISC went away last year, especially the Behavioral Scientist Branch or BSB.  Now the Communication, Planning and Integration Directorate  or CPI at OSD-PA is being phased out, and without an announcement (and they belong to Public Affairs, no less). The US Army War College’s Information in Warfare group is being phased out.  At National… Continue reading Who is gutting Strategic IO?

Information operations · Strategic Communication

Is DoD Strategic Communication Going Away?


Is the Pentagon killing off Strategic Communication? OSD – Public Affairs and USD – Policy  share responsibility for Strategic Communication for the Department of Defense, but word on the street, now confirmed by insiders, says that the Public Affairs office for SC, known as the Communication, Planning and Integration Directorate is slowly but surely being… Continue reading Is DoD Strategic Communication Going Away?

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The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries


It is seldom I see such an excellent blog post as this. Written by Ambassador Brian Carlson, he gives sage advice to the newly sworn in Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tara Sonenshine.  I strongly recommend you read the blog referenced below. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries… Continue reading The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Under Secretaries