Social networking has already profoundly redefined business practices and politics. National security is next. Washington is well behind in its willingness and capacity to adapt to the world of Web 2.0. Congress and the Administration need to lay the foundation for the broad and effective adaptation of social networking by facilitating early and rapid adaptation of new technologies.
By dismantling their social media office (see article on Wired), which had been in place for two years, and making social media the responsibility of every member of his staff, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs Douglas Wilson shows how the future of social media will look like.
The Coast Guards top officer discussed plans to adopt social-media practices to modernize the Coast Guard and increase the organization’s transparency in a teleconference yesterday with bloggers and online journalists.
n February 2010, the United States military concluded a seven-month study into the risks and benefits of allowing all of its members to make use of the emerging capabilities of the World Wide Web. As a result, the DoD unblocked use of key websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, personal blogs, and YouTube, which the organization had disallowed for military personnel in 2007.
America's Army, the Official U.S. Army Game (AA), provides young Americans with a virtual web-based environment in which they can explore Army career opportunities within an entertaining setting that is tailored to their interests and aptitudes