I’ve kept uncharacteristically silent during a week with events that matched issues I’ve talked about more than once: milblogs, embeds, CNN’s continued aid and comfort in the guise of objectivity, the discovery of a single Al Qaeda media strategy document, sentencing of an American performing traitorous acts by knowingly passing information, and the unconfirmed identification of one potential leaker for a New York Times story revealing classified information that had a strategic effect.
Yes, it is indeed an information war, and we’re stuck with it. (I would like to credit myself for getting Instapundit saying “it’s an information war”–I think I was the first he linked to saying that–but it’s a pretty common idea nowadays.)
A while ago I wrote a small thesis proposal which was much harder to complete than I would like to admit. (I know the reasons; I completed the task; I am not happy it took so long.) In the process of making a thesis proposal I talked to several folks who work in academia in topics related to “information warfare”. I’ve learned that the overwhelming majority of those folks work in terms of electronic and computer warfare; I have yet to find a marketing guru, for instance, hanging out with the geeks. I’ve also learned that if there’s an unclassified document in English that talks about information warfare in terms of ideas and thoughts and decisions, and is built like a doctrine manual or tactics techniques and proceures (also known as TTP’s), then nobody I’ve talked to knows about it.
So. I’ve asked one university if they’ll let me pay them lots of money to work on this problem in my free time, and if they like it perhaps I could get a doctorate out of it.
Wish me luck, and if you know of a backup school that allows one to complete a degree in this area while physically not at the university let me know…it’s not as if they accept just anyone, and I might be above the quota for “loud annoying guys”. So far every person I’ve talked to doing information warfare has been interested in the subject and is supportive–either this group of people is very very polite, or I might be on to something. If I’m rejected I don’t think it’ll be because of my choice of subject.
The “more” tag hides a longer explanation of the same thing, with citations and footnotes not added because I forget how to convert those from Word without a lot of pain, and just “saving as” in Word breaks the browser. Comment or email if you’d like a source I didn’t link. There may be a risk in mentioning this subject so that someone else can write what I wish to write more quickly, but it’s an important subject–and I think perhaps that the odd way one has to think to get deeply into this subject may act as a barrier to entry.