Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy

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The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy was created in 2006 "to support and coordinate public diplomacy efforts, and serve as the lead for developing policy within DOD on countering ideological support for terrorism."[1]

The New York Times reported in April 2009 that the Office had been abolished by the Obama administration in an effort to distance itself from Bush era propaganda operations:

Military and civilian critics said the office, the Defense Department office for support to public diplomacy, overstepped its mandate during the final years of the Bush administration by trying to organize information operations that violated Pentagon guidelines for accuracy and transparency.[2]

People

  • Michael Doran Deputy assistant secretary of defense in support of public diplomacy 2007-08

Notes

  1. US Public Diplomacy : Key Issues for Congressional Oversight, p.20
  2. Thom Shanker, Pentagon Closes Office Accused of Issuing Propaganda Under Bush, New York Times, 15 April 2009.