“Never has information—the lifeblood of ideas, perceptions, emotions, decisions—been more a factor in success or failure than in the post-9/11 world. It has taken us far too long to comprehend fully the implications of use and denial of information. We were experts at it once—now it’s time to get renewed and recharged. This anthology provides a vital first step in this renewal. The rest is up to us. Thanks to these smart, tough professionals, we have a guide.”—Brig. Gen. Ret. Tom Draude, USMC, president, Marine Corps University Foundation
(Brig. Gen. Ret. Tom Draude 2008-11-11)
“Captures many of the tactical information operations that ensured our success during Operation al-Fajr in Fallujah. Kudos to the contributors to Ideas As Weapons who shed a light on what IO is all about."—Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, USMC
(Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, USMC 2008-11-11)
“Current Army and Marine Corps doctrine, documented in FM 3-24, points out that information operations may often be the decisive line of operation in counterinsurgency. Ideas as Weapons underscores the critical role of information in modern conflict and reveals the efforts of numerous serving officers to apply that doctrine under real-world conditions. Perceptions extend to influence, and in our battle of competing narratives with a medieval-thinking enemy, we must learn how to persuasively communicate our message. This compilation will appeal to anyone interested in this underappreciated and understudied component of war.”—Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC
(Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC 2008-11-11)
“While there remains much doctrinal confusion on information operations, this anthology brings clarity to a range of issues and provides practical, relevant, and recent examples from the field, emphasizing the critical role of intelligence in driving operations.”—Brig. Gen. Richard M. Lake, USMC
(Brig. Gen. Richard M. Lake, USMC 2008-11-11)
“Ideas as Weapons provides a rich menu of expert contributors, important topics, and careful assessment that will be of immense value to scholars in national security studies, to policymakers who must grapple with the ‘war of ideas,’ and to military leaders who must plan and conduct wars both conventional and irregular."—Stephen J. Cimbala, distinguished professor of political science, Penn State University—Brandywine
(Stephen J. Cimbala, distinguished professor of political science, Penn State University-Brandywine 2008-11-11)
“Just what we were looking for—a book on information warfare that centers on people, not machines.”—Martin van Creveld
(Martin van Creveld 2008-11-11)
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About the Author
G. J. David Jr., is an active-duty major in the United States Marine Corps with field experience in the operating forces, with the Joint Staff, and with the national intelligence agencies and military services of the United States and other nations. He has also worked as a congressional staffer. He is a resident of Arlington, Virginia.
T. R. McKeldin III is a Marine reserve Lieutenant-Colonel who began his service as a Marine Combat Engineer officer, and is now an intelligence officer. He has served in operations in Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Somalia, South Korea and Kosovo, among other countries. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he now teaches intelligence strategy, policy, and collections at the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C.