See Laura, CJR, Wired, FAS.
The main focus is on the fact that the media are apparently a non-traditional threat and ought be quashed. CJR:
"It looks like it's official: the United States Army thinks that American reporters are a threat to national security. Thanks to some great sleuthing by Wired's "Danger Room" blogger Noah Shachtman, the Army's new operational security guidelines (OPSEC) hit the Web in a big way yesterday, and the implications they have for reporters -- who are grouped in with drug cartels and Al Qaeda as security threats to be beaten back -- are staggering.At issue, in the main, is this slide:
Make no mistake, this is a very big deal, and every American citizen, not just reporters and soldiers, needs to understand the implications of the Army's strict new policy, because it directly affects how citizens receive information about their armed forces: information that it has every right to get.
Under these guidelines, reporters digging for information about military projects, funding requests, new acquisition strategies, or other military-related stories could be blown in by an antsy DoD worker or soldier who doesn't like the tone of questioning. That's a pretty dangerous road to begin to travel for any country, and for the U.S. it's simply unacceptable. We have no problem with the Army, or the Pentagon, keeping various things secret. In fact, we expect them to. But a reporter's job is to dig for truth, and when the military begins throwing up roadblocks like these, everyone loses.
As a creepy little addendum to this whole sorry affair, we'll quote what Major Ray Ceralde, the author of the new rules, told Shachtman in an interview yesterday: "A person doesn't have to be in the military or government to support OPSEC...As a Nation, we are in this fight together, and all Americans are encouraged to practice OPSEC."
In other words, it's open season on curious reporters."
I'm not as alarmed as everyone else (at least not by looking at the slideshow (pdf)) - the person who 'developed' the slide pack obviously has no idea what they are doing. (the stuff in the matrix doesn't even exist in the source document (pdf))
Nope - My major concern is how sloppy the military is at communicating ideas. The slideshow is a work of 'art' (pdf). Try this slide for example:
For starters - they got their USMIL casualty figures from... icasualties.org. The figures are from October 2004.
The bottom line on that slide reads:
"Adaptive, cunning, and learning Adversary ... unlike most previous experiences"