U.S. Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy: A New Organization Needed?
Recorded on July 22, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
In the war against violent extremism, the United States must do
a better job at engaging the enemy in the battle of ideas.
Current government efforts are marred by a lack of resources,
interagency cooperation, and coordinated strategy. One option
to address these shortfalls is the Defense Science Board Task Force
on Strategic Communication's recommendation for the establishment
an "independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for
providing independent assessment and strategic guidance to the
Federal Government on strategic communication and public
diplomacy." Is a new organization necessary? If so, how
would such an organization bolster current efforts to fight the
ideological battle we face? What kind of roles, mission, and
structure would such an organization require?