It isn’t much of a secret that there has been a debate raging within the Defense Department over whether U.S. troops should be allowed to blog. On the one hand, some officials are rightfully concerned about security breaches. But more forward-thinking individuals saw blogs as a morale-boosting outlet for the troops. But as Noah Shachtman notes the U.S. Special Operations Command had another idea for how blogs could be utilized:
“Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering,” write the report’s co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Dennin. Denning, a professor at Naval Postgraduate School, adds in an e-mail, “I got some positive feedback from people who read the article, but I don’t know if it led to anything.”
The report introduces the military audience to the “blogging phenomenon,” and lays out a number of ways in which the armed forces—specifically, the military’s public affairs, information operations, and psychological operations units—might use the sites to their advantage.