Information Operations and Winning the Peace: Wielding the Information Element of Power in the Global War on Terrorism

  • December 15, 2005
  • Dennis M Murphy

The "War of Ideas" is (or should be) a central component, and sometimes the main effort, of U.S. government activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Concerns about U.S. effectiveness in this arena remain high. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict offers a unique, parallel case study to explore successes, missteps, and missed opportunities of the use of information as an element of power during a counterinsurgency. Academicians, Department of Defense military and civilians, and representatives of U.S. diplomatic and intelligence communities joined officials form the UK Ministry of Defense and the Canadian Department of National Defense personnel to develop lessons learned and avenues for further investigation during a workshop at the U.S. Army War College.