March 2010 Archives

With the recent decision by the DoD to allow unfettered social media access to our nation's soldiers, one of the greatest risks has presented an example of itself in the press. Compromising operational security has long been considered one of the primary risks of social media use by military members, both at home or at work. Our example comes from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and a facebook status update that compromised and scrubbed a scheduled raid. The IDF soldier disclosed the target location of the raid, the name of the combat unit, and the time of the operation.
Maybe this soldier was somewhere around 18, brand new to military life in the IDF, had not been properly trained on OPSEC, and had grown up sharing information via the internet. We have an entire generation of teenagers in the United States who have been doing just that and some of whom will answer the call of duty.
For discussion in the comments section:
How do we prevent this from happening in the United States military now that unfettered access is allowed? Do we update the UCMJ to include social media violations of OPSEC? Do we start training on social media OPSEC in boot camp?

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