United States Army Needs a World Class Enterprise Blogging System, Not a Blog Ban
The United States Army has instituted regulations requiring that a commanding officer approve all posts to personal blogs.
The concern is that non-classified information might leak out to enemy intelligence through seemingly harmless blog posts. And commanding officers who don’t want to take unnecessary career risks or spend additional time vetting blog posts may simply ban the practice outright.
In a statement to Wired, retired paratrooper Matthew Burden of The Blog of War anthology said, “This is the final nail in the coffin for combat blogging. No more military bloggers writing about their experiences in the combat zone. This is the best PR the military has — it’s most honest voice out of the war zone. And it’s being silenced.”
If ever there was an organization in need of a world-class enterprise blogging platform, the United States Army — the whole military, for that matter — is it. Rather than putting the burden of supervision directly on overworked, stressed out and ill-prepared commanding officers, why not have a group back home that screens blog posts as they come in?
The vast majority of information that is posted on military blogs is utterly harmless, and silencing the voices of soldiers abroad and at home is ill-advised. It seems that the military is throwing the baby out with the bathwater when all they need is a good platform.