In the future, the US military will face a better equipped, more independent media and will not have as much control of the media as it had during the Persian Gulf War.
I spent more than 29 years in the Navy and Defense Departments, dealing with local, national, and international news media. That period spanned the Vietnam and Gulf Wars and the USS Iowa (BB-61) and Tailhook incidents. During the last four years, I have been educating and training the future journalists and civilian public-relations people who will cover war and peace in the 21st century.
I understand that the government and the media usually are natural adversaries, playing on a fast-moving global stage. This stage has been transformed in the past few years by the technology of cyberspace. Every day, I have to sift through the Information-Age hype to understand the reality of the changing military-media relationship—and I do not like what I see. The government and the military—despite all the talk of "reinventing" government—are falling behind the changes in the news-media industry.