Thursday, May 03, 2007

New Army policies on blogging

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And every other form of public communication, including letters.

Badger 6 from Badgers Forward writes:
The End of Badgers Forward

I hope not, but the Army has issued a new OPSEC regulation.

It states Army personnel must
Consult with their immediate supervisor and their OPSEC Officer for an OPSEC review prior to publishing or posting information in a public forum.
(1) This includes, but is not limited to letters, resumes, articles for publication, electronic mail (e-mail), Web site postings, web log (blog) postings, discussion in Internet information forums, discussion in Internet message boards or other forms of dissemination or documentation.
Now the author of this gem expounds here. He says
The regulation says that a Soldier or other U.S. Army personnel must consult with their immediate supervisor and OPSEC officer prior to posting information in a public forum. However, this is where unit commander or organization leadership specifies in orders, policies, or directives how this will be done. Some units may require that Soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting.
Now the way I read that I should be able to continue blogging under our current unit policy.

But in truth his explanation goes far afield of what the policy actually reads. I am very concerned that Army milblogs may not be long for this internet.
OPSEC, or fear of transparency?

The comments on Badger 6's post are all opposed to this move, albeit for various, and sometimes competing reasons.

Bottom line: if it smells like feces....

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