Prioritizing and funding cognitive and information-related capability is challenging. During this episode, Mark Mitchell recaps recent efforts within the Department of Defense as well as other United States government agencies which have not reached their full potential–for example the State Department’s Global Engagement Center and the Joint MISO WebOps Center (JMWC). Mark believes that the Department of Defense needs an organization that is fully resourced and reports directly to the Secretary of Defense or Under Secretary of Defense and which centrally plans strategic communications and then executes those plans in a decentralized manner. He also believes that the Intelligence Community in partnership with the Department of Defense needs to more aggressively seize the information advantage and actively message aggressively in order to put or adversaries on the defensive.
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Bio: Mark Mitchell is a former senior executive in the Department of Defense who served most recently as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD(SO/LIC)). He is a highly decorated U.S. Army infantry and Special Forces combat veteran who served 28 years on active duty. He participated in multiple campaigns in the First Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2012, Colonel Mitchell served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Senior Military Assistant to ASD(SO/LIC). His final assignment in uniform was on the National Security Council as the Director for Counterterrorism. Following his retirement from active duty, Mitchell worked as a business executive in the private sector. He also served as a National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and non-resident fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He is also a board member and advisor to several non-profit organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families, including Warriors Ethos, Gold Star Teen Adventures, the Global SOF Foundation, and Special Operations Survivors.
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