Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a Middle East Foreign Area Officer with 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. He served as section sergeant, platoon leader, and company commander during operations in Kuwait and Iraq. The opinions expressed here are the author’s and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Rare is the leader who has not heard the triumphant story of a man named Rowan who when tasked to deliver a message to Garcia set off and accomplished the mission.

The Islamic State, despite its name is not a state and recognition of the group as such threatens to provide a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How does the DoD conduct a media war, especially when considering the number of other players already in the counter-messaging game?