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General encourages blogging
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Interesting - especially in light of the order from on high about a year or so ago putting a damper on blogging throughout the military:
Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, who heads the Combined Arms Center [CAC] and Ft. Leavenworth, told his soldiers in a recent memo that "faculty and students will begin blogging as part of their curriculum and writing requirements both within the .mil and public environments. In addition CAC subordinate organizations will begin to engage in the blogosphere in an effort to communicate the myriad of activities that CAC is accomplishing and help assist telling the Army’s story to a wide and diverse audience."

Lt. Gen. Caldwell, the former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, is a blogger himself, contributing to Small Wars Journal. He made waves in January when he wrote that "we must encourage our Soldiers to... get onto blogs and to send their YouTube videos to their friends and family."
If you're worried about security problems, the best way to address that is to tell military bloggers and potential bloggers what is and isn't acceptable in a blog, reinforce with followup training and monitor. Instead the military decided to essentially shut them down (by putting such onerous restrictions on them that they weren't worth the time and effort).

LTG Caldwell obviously understands the power of blogs and how they can tell, in his case, the Army's story better than the MSM. Perhaps his example will prove to the rest of the military that this is a means of communication they really can't afford to miss out on.
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Maybe all the complaints of Michael Yon, Bill Ardolino and Bill Roggio (and others) were paid attention to? Would be nice.
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In a time when the micro is shaping the macro, there should be a trend that pushes down ownership of, creativity in, and intellectual responsibility for military affairs to lower levels of leaders. It’s a guerilla structure, but it makes sense for a smaller military engaged in ’small’ wars where mission success depends on junior Army leaders winning over local populace in competition with independent enemy guerilla leaders. Blogging is a useful media to shape that frame of mind.
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