5/5 Behind the WH Correspondents Bacchanal

Washington and Hollywood glittererati came together for 100th annual * White House Correspondents Association dinner.

According to Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs Magazine managing editor ... the champagne was for “the incredibly brave, intrepid, brilliant reporters that have repeatedly risked their liberties and lives. If not for them none of us would be able to do the work we do...“Oh, this is very serious,” a foreign policy lobbyist said about the affair.

communication war error..
Comedian in Chief... White House Correspondents’ Association dinner
Correction: May 4, 2014
An earlier version of this article quoted incorrectly from a comment by President Obama about the flawed rollout of his healthcare website. As video screens on either side of him showed the title of the hit Disney film “Frozen,” Mr.“Obama said of his staff “On the plus side, they did turn the launch of HealthCare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies,” not “they did not turn the launch of HealthCare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/us/politics/obama-white-house-correspo...

Defense Information System, Department of Defense (DISA)
FOR MORE INFORMATION (202) 757-5150, DSN 284-2000 PD-recruiting@whmo.mil

The WHCA is a one-of-a-kind military unit dedicated to providing premier, worldwide, vital information services and communications support to the president and his staff...WHCA's soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines assignment to WHCA identifies them as leaders qualified to work in direct support of the President of the United States...

originally the White House Signal Detachment (WHSD), it was officially formed by the War Department 25 March 1942 during the Roosevelt Administration. The detachment was activated under the Military District of Washington to provide normal and emergency communications requirements in support of the U.S. President. WHSD provided mobile radio, teletype, telephone, and cryptographic aids in the White House and at Shangri-La, now known as Camp David. In 1954, during the Eisenhower Administration, WHSD was reorganized under the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Army Signal Corps as a Class II unit and renamed the White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA).
In 1962 WHASA by order of the Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy was transferred to Defense Communications Agency auspices under operational control of the White House Military Office, and reestablished as the White House Communications Agency.
WHCA played silent, significant roles in many historical events including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Panama and Guatemala, Operation Just Cause, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.WHCA was also a key player in documenting the assassination of President Kennedy and the attempt on the lives of Presidents Ford and Reagan. The Agency evolved over the past 60 years from a small team of 32 personnel working out of the basement of the White House to a self-supporting joint service command. Headquarters for WHCA is at Anacostia Navy Yard. WHCA also has supporting detachments in Washington, D.C. and various locations throughout the United States. WHCA is organized into functional areas each with its own mission in support of the total WHCA mission of Presidential support.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced release of new Strategic Plan
Based on recent Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Guidance, “DISA combat support agency's number one priority is enabling information superiority for the warfighter,” states DISA director Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. in his Director’s Intent. DISA’s strategy supports DoD global efforts and accommodates communications and information sharing network needs for the Joint Force of the future. The plan focuses DISA goals with DoD strategic shift areas of: Global Defense Posture; Cyber Command and Control;  Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Support; DoD Joint Information Environment; DoD Cloud Services; Mobility Initiatives; Acquisition Agility; and DISA First...The target objective is an enterprise information environment that optimizes use of DoD information technology (IT) assets by converging communications, computing, and enterprise services into a single joint platform that can be leveraged for all Department missions...to improve security and enable DISA partners to more effectively access information resources from any authorized IT device anywhere in the world.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Julia Whiston (digest: what led to my WHCA investigation was the fact she's been ED for 23 years, but no professional CV, Bio info. is available
An interview with Julia Whiston, 20-year planning veteran of Washington's glitziest night; This article appeared in the Saturday, April 30, 2011 edition of National Journal.
"...my favorite memories are the same year after year. I love being offstage by the head table having everybody standing when the color guard comes in and the Marine Band is playing. You look around that room and see all the power, and realize we are all in this together. The free press in a free society. It's a very moving moment for me each year.

WHCA℠ OFFICERS 2013-2014
President: Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers , V.P: Christi Parsons, Tribune Co., Treasurer: Doug Mills, New York Times

Carol Lee, Wall Street Journal, (7/15/16), Scott Horsley, NPR radio (7/15/15) Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News wire, Major Garrett, CBS TV News, Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News,

DISA Liaison Officers in Exercise Balikatan
6/26/13 http://www.disa.mil/News/Stories/2013/apan
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) support of Exercise Balikatan as subject matter experts and advisors in DoD Information Network (DoDIN) services..humanitarian aid/ disaster relief command post exercise and various combined military field training exercise events based in the Luzon region of the Philippines ...to exercise and enhance interoperability of U.S. and Philippines armed forces in humanitarian and civil assistance projects,

U.S. Department of State and U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
2/20/13 oig.state.gov/documents/organization/206900.pdf
Voice of America (VOA) four Nigerian contract stringers funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Nigeria via affiliate stations - 2012 Gallup study found an estimated 88% percent of the population reached. BBG's aggressive marketing strategy produced several new programming affiliations despite restrictive broadcasting laws and increasing extremist violence...

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is the federal agency that governs all U.S. civilian international media
BBG's mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy
The BBG Board is composed of nine experts in communications, broadcast media, international affairs...Eight are appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate. The ninth, the Secretary of State, serves ex officio (John Forbes Kerry
sample recent BBG governors:
James K. Glassman, named to the board by George W. Bush in 2007 and served until 2008. Later, as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, represented Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on BBG June 2008 to January 2009. BBG Chairman June 2007 - June 2008. Previously senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, former president of The Atlantic Monthly Co., publisher of The New Republic, Executive Vice President of U.S. News & World Report, editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call, host of Capital Gang Sunday and Washington Post columnist. Glassman served on the congressional-mandated Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World.Advisory Group.

Walter Isaacson, named to the board by Barack Obama in 2010, chairman until 2012. Isaacson is President of the Aspen Institute and chair of the board of Teach for America, former CNN Chairman and CEO, former editor of Time Magazine, after Hurricane Katrina was appointed vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery..

S. Enders Wimbush, named to the board by Obama 2010 to 2012, senior director U.S. German Marshall Fund Foreign Policy and Civil Society, Director Radio Liberty Munich 1987-93

Dana Perino,named to the board by Obama 2010 - 2012,founder of Dana Perino & Co. Strategic Communications, Gseven years with.W. Bush admin., including communications, environment, DofJ Justice spokesperson, WH Press Secretary; Burson-Marsteller Global Strategy Team; CBS ,Fox News, Washington Post, Politico and National Review commentator.

Mapping Smart Power in Multi-stakeholder Public Diplomacy / Strategic Communication [PD and SC]
Bruce Gregory: "New Approaches to U.S. Global Outreach" at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication Conference, George Washington University
10/6/09 http://ipdgc.gwu.edu/%7Eipdgc/events/index.cfm
...Public diplomacy and strategic communication are analogous – not antithetical (PD and SC)...not separate analytical categories. All the central characteristics in PD are found in SC....
SC and PD share the same methods and objectives....When Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and General David Petraeus do a PBS Newshour joint interview, is it PD? SC? When Secretaries Clinton and Gates hold a televised conversation at George Washington University this evening, is it SC? PD? ...

Report of the Defense Science Board Strategic Communications Task Force

War on Terror victory is directly related to prevailing in a battle of ideas, which public diplomacy and strategic communications seek to shape..
“to compete as vigorously on the ideological battlefield as on the military and intelligence fronts.”

July 2010 US Army War College National Security Policy and Strategy

Public Diplomacy in Grand Strategy ..."Public diplomacy’’ (PD) and ‘‘propaganda’’ used interchangeably
The information revolution is not restricted to the developed world.. should not obscure continuing relevance of military power to many interstate relations and increasingly terrorism which presents a grand-strategic challenge: how to effectively combine soft and hard power fighting terrorism in the internet age of global, real-time television

U.S. Military Intervention, Done Right, Could Boost African Stability

* Anti-Americanism and the Rise of Civic Diplomacy 12/13/06 http://www.fpif.org/articles/anti-americanism_and_the_rise_of_civic_dipl... Department of State remains chief coordinator of U.S. public diplomacy...along with the Pentagon, the Agency for International Development (USAID), and intelligence agencies...to counter negative attitudes and opinions of the United States generated by wars...It is essential to move from the formal world of Track One diplomacy to Track Two diplomacy, in which NGOs play a leading role...

Amnesty Intl.,with HRW, 2 big USAID- Soros NGOs
* Amnesty International Executive Director Nossel Keynote Speaker at Humphrey School of Public Affairs announced it will host Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, as the keynote speaker at the School's commencement ceremony... Before Amnesty she worked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for international organizations, responsible for....public diplomacy, media, and Congressional relations...Nossel is author of the 2004 Foreign Affairs article that coined the term 'Smart Power' which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a defining feature of U.S. foreign policy."

* “Hollywood Counterterrorism: The Political Economy of Middle Eastern Violence and Protest in Action Feature Films”: [pre911]http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/etd/2542 how Western discourses of counterterrorism and the Middle East have shaped Hollywood cinematic productions through sourcing and collaboration with private and official institutions...In the early 1950s, CIA Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) employed not only covert action, but programs to influence domestic and foreign media industries, “using” journalists of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications corporations. 25 newspapers and wire agencies consented to operate as organs of the CIA. William Paley (CBS), C. D. Jackson (Fortune), Henry Luce (Time) and Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times) ran reactionary media for the state. Army manuals on psychological operations usually distinguished domestic operations and foreign operations...but the Truman Doctrine in the Cold War suggested information management and blatant misinformation can be employed in U.S....blurring the distinction between public relations and “psyops” strategic communications. Since the abolishment of the draft in 1973, U.S. military public affairs has directly utilized television news, shows and motion pictures ...
information war lynchpin of US global tyranny & terror
Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Under Secretary, Judith A. McHale  http://www.state.gov/r/remarks/2011/162310.htm
...Journalism is a calling of brave souls who speak out where silence and fear are the allies of tyrants...Too many have lost their lives or their freedom in the pursuit of truth...
With the Arab Spring growing and changing every day, we could not have picked a more salient theme for this year’s conference. Social media and connective technologies played an important role in each of these movements around the world. As Secretary Clinton said, the Internet is the public space of the 21st Century...The new frontiers and new barriers of 21st century media challenging us to rethink the way we do business... Immediate and widespread access to information over the Internet.. makes it nearly impossible for authoritarian governments to contain and control information... For countries like the US, eager to communicate directly with populations around the world, social media open up new opportunities for engagement...The US will never abrogate or compromise our commitment to press freedom as a universal, fundamental human right. We work through speakers and exchanges and fellowships to support traditional and social media training. We fund programs to train journalists all over the globe.. In some countries,* US international broadcasting networks are the only media outlets providing accurate, uncensored information in local languages to local populations...In keeping with this year’s theme and our commitment to digital media, I am pleased to announce we will recognize a new class of Internet Freedom Fellows in the next UN Human Rights Council session....to help activists and journalists use social media in new ways for human rights in their countries. The State Department has created a video honoring the proud legacy of this noble calling I am pleased to share it with you tonight....

* The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is the federal agency that governs all U.S. civilian international media
BBG's mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy
The BBG Board is composed of nine experts in communications, broadcast media, international affairs...Eight are appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate. The ninth, the Secretary of State, serves ex officio (John Forbes Kerry ...

BBG basics (plus countless Soros 'initiative' publications in over 100 countries)
Voice of America
* Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Radio Free Iraq (Iraq Hurr)

Radio Free Asia
Radio and TV Martí
* Middle East Broadcasting Networks, (MBN) Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa