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Air Force launching blog comment propaganda program

Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don’t be surprised. They’re just following the service’s new “counter-blogging” flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force’s public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle “trolls,” “ragers” — and even well-informed online writers, too. It’s all part of an Air Force push to “counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force,” Captain David Faggard says. […]

The flow chart lays out a range of possible responses to a blog post. Airmen can offer a “factual and well-cited response [that] is not factually erroneous, a rant or rage, bashing or negative in nature.” They can “let the post stand — no response.” Or they cancan “fix the facts,” offering up fresh perspective. No matter what, the chart says, airmen should “disclose your Air Force connection,” “respond in a tone that reflects high on the rich heritage of the Air Force,” and “focus on the most-used sites related to the Air Force.”

Full Story: Danger Room

Glad the requirements include disclosure.

IDF read Deleuze and Guattari for urban warfare insights

I asked Naveh why Deleuze and Guattari were so popular with the Israeli military. He replied that ‘several of the concepts in A Thousand Plateaux became instrumental for us […] allowing us to explain contemporary situations in a way that we could not have otherwise. It problematized our own paradigms. Most important was the distinction they have pointed out between the concepts of “smooth” and “striated” space [which accordingly reflect] the organizational concepts of the “war machine” and the “state apparatus”. In the IDF we now often use the term “to smooth out space” when we want to refer to operation in a space as if it had no borders. […] Palestinian areas could indeed be thought of as “striated” in the sense that they are enclosed by fences, walls, ditches, roads blocks and so on.’5 When I asked him if moving through walls was part of it, he explained that, ‘In Nablus the IDF understood urban fighting as a spatial problem. […] Travelling through walls is a simple mechanical solution that connects theory and practice.’6

Full Story: The Art of War

(via Blustr)

US army to produce Mid-East comic

Interesting psyop:

An advertisement on the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website is inviting applications for someone to develop an “original comic book series”.

“In order to achieve long-term peace and stability in the Middle East, the youth need to be reached,” the ad says.

BBC: US army to produce Mid-East comic

Thinking of joining the military for the money?

This guy lost his arm in Iraq… but the army says he owes them money.

Extensive psychological operations site

Psywarrior is an exhaustive collection of materials about psychological operations and psywar, including erotic psy-ops throughout war history.

(via Boing Boing)

US Government Releasing War Video Game

The government has developed a video game – paid for with US tax payer money – in which players “wield the latest high-tech weapons, engage terrorists in armed combat and rescue kidnapped hostages.”

Americas Army

See also:

The Military-Nintendo Complex

Army Launches $50 Million Videogame Push

America’s Army: Free Video Game, Social Engineering Tool, Surveillance Platform

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