Megatrends Papers

Megatrends: We have added all Megatrends papers that have been published in the IO Sphere. The papers can now be found in the “Journal Library” under the Megatrends menu option. As well, in order to consolidate the Megatrends information posted on this site, we have included the Megacities source files under the same option.

Recollections of the Gettysburg Address and Kennedy’s Assassination in Public Diplomacy

This year marks noteworthy anniversaries for two very significant events in American history – the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In honor of these occasions, Mr. Donald M. Bishop, President of the Public Diplomacy Council, wrote two short articles on US public diplomacy actions over the years related to these events.

The first article, which can be found here, discusses “Gettysburg Address Speech Contest,” an annual staple of programming in many countries, and how these contests effected foreign audiences to get to know and understand the concepts that President Lincoln conveyed on that day 150 years ago. These speech contests, held throughout the world for many decades up until as late as the late 1980’s influenced large groups of people worldwide. The Gettysburg Address Speech Contests helped spread American ideals throughout the world.

The second paper, linked here, talks about the US Information Agency’s (USIA) film “Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.” Made in the immediate aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination, this film was said to have been USIA’s “most widely seen” film and how it presented the President Kennedy and the US in a positive light throughout the world. The “Years of Lightning” recall the achievements of the President and focuses on the six “faces” of Presidents Kennedy’s “new frontier.” As the film was made specifically for foreign audiences, it originally could not be seen in the U.S. However, in 1966, a special act of Congress allowed domestic screening. Today, the film can be seen on YouTube and a completely re-mastered Warner Home Video copy can be purchased.

Calendar Year 2014 IO Sphere Themes

The JIOWC Director has selected the IO Sphere themes for calendar year 2014. Below are the themes along with the Director’s comments regarding how he would like the various issues to be shaped:

Spring:  IO Force Development and Training

– Focus on results of the FD summit and what’s changed as a result

– Identify common areas of concern for the enterprise

— Would be a good opportunity for education partners (e.g., NPS, NDU, JFSC) to describe their programs

Summer:  Nation State versus Culture/Ideology/Political Unrest

– Focus on the information environment CCMDs and Allied partners have to deal with today

— For example, even with the drawdown from Afghanistan violent extremism is not going away

— Nation states will continue to face threats from a number of vectors (and most CCMDs are affected)

— Social media as a game changer would fit well into this problem set

Fall: Megatrends: US and Coalition Partner Viewpoints

– Focus on what we see as the major trends shaping the future information environment

– What changes in capabilities will we need to make to get ahead of the trends

Winter: State of the Joint IO Enterprise

– Focus on joint and service IO capabilities and trends (by this point in time, various players should have decided how their forces are going to look based on force development and budget decisions i.e., Army and FA30/37 decision)

— For example, where does Army see IO going and what is it doing with its IO forces (same for Navy/AF/UK/Canada/etc.)

– If possible, have authors relate how megatrends identified in previous issue will affect current capabilities/trends

As always, we welcome submissions to the journal. The magazine is written by the IO community, the JIOWC is only the editor and publisher. The submission dates, along with the publication dates, can be found on this site under the “Article Submission” Tab.

In addition to the new themes, the Director would like to try classified supplements to the IO Sphere beginning in 2014. This would be in addition to the regular journal on an as needed basis. If a classified supplement is published in any given quarter, this will be stated within the magazine along with the URL to where it is posted as well as on this website. Submission guidelines will be updated to reflect this, but the classification of any articles will be no higher than SECRET Rel 5-eyes.

Thank you for your support as always.


Strategic Landpower White Paper

The attached white paper is the first of a number of think pieces to be published by a combined, Army, Marine Corps, SOCOM Strategic Landpower Task Force (SLTF) that stood up in late 2012. The SLTF’s objective is to integrate the psychological or “human domain” aspects of conflict into military thinking and planning.

The white paper asserts that the strategies to accomplish the 10 primary missions of the US armed forces as articulated in the 2012 Defense Planning Guidance all involve influencing people-be they heads of state, tribal elders, militaries and their leaders or even an entire population. “Operations in the human domain provide a unique capability to preclude and deter conflict through shaping operations that leverage partners and populations to enhance local and regional stability.” As such the paper has particular relevance to JIOWC practitioners who are about to embark on the organization’s Trans-regional Conflict Prevention Initiative.

Redefining Information Operations by Colonel Carmine Cicalese


Joint information operations (IO) is advancing, and tomorrow’s military operations will call for professionals who understand the past IO environment and can thus press the potentialities of the future. IO must be adapted to circumstances, yet it must also be planned and executed within its doctrinal definition, which again requires a thoughtful breed of information warrior. Informing all audiences will remain a growth industry for some time, necessitating a cadre that can comfortably operate in and shape the information environment, in the process providing commanders with expanded options and reducing staff tensions.

Download full article at the link below.