“The Pentagon gave a controversial U.K. PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.” This story recently broke into search bars everywhere. The story goes that the DOD paid a PR firm to help craft terrorist videos.
We don’t do enough of this. We shouldn’t we be resourceful to fight the enemy? The Islamic State weaves lies and creates false narratives in their videos. They are information operations. Something that is probably underutilized in modern U.S. warfare. Carly Fiorina, during the Republican primary debates, encouraged the government to reach out to Silicon Valley when in need. She implied that when she was CEO of HP, she felt out of touch with the government. She didn’t feel that Uncle Sam was tapping the valley. We should be using whatever resources we can.
Beyond this PR firm there is another resource that we haven’t utilized. Hollywood should go to war. I don’t mean sending Comedians forward as Bono suggested, either.