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  • 15Sep

    GI's Tweet from Afghanistan

    In Today’s Army, The GI Diary Is Written In Tweets and Blog posts

    From the good NPR

    Not everyone at the Pentagon is convinced the online world should be wide open to soldiers in combat areas.

    In fact, the Defense Department has taken something of a schizophrenic approach to the evolving world of online social media, from blogging to sites like Facebook and Twitter. Even as commanders publicly embrace these tools — Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, posts on his Twitter page almost daily — officials are working to complete a review that could end up restricting or even banning the use of social networking sites from military computers.

    The review is due to be completed in a matter of weeks. “It’s my guess that it will give us a well-balanced approach,” says Price Floyd, the principal deputy secretary of defense for public affairs. “We need to be out there, but we also need to understand the risks.”

    Gen. William Caldwell, who runs the Army’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has been at the vanguard of promoting online tools and has incorporated many of them into officer training curricula.

    “I’m optimistic that as these reviews go on, people will start to recognize that this is the future,” Caldwell says. “We can either embrace it and figure out how to operate in it, or we can continue to sit behind the black wall and hope it will go away. But it’s not going to. It’s a way of life.”

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