The United States Air Force Air War College (AWC) is the senior Air Force professional military school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Click here to visit the AWC website.
Dr. George J. Stein is the director of the Cyberspace and Information Operations Study Center at AWC. Apparently, he authors books such as U.S. Information Warfare (Jane’s Special Report) – currently unavailable on Amazon.
This paper, Information Warfare, is also attributed to Stein in 1995.
Here are some fascinating excerpts about blending fiction and reality on CNN:
Many people suspect that the national command authorities (NCA) are in danger of becoming increasingly “reactive” to a “fictive” universe created by CNN, its various international competitors, or even a terrorist with a video camera. This media-created universe we live in is fictive rather than “fictional” because although what we see on CNN is “true,” it is just not the whole, relevant, or contextual truth. Nevertheless, this fictive universe becomes the politically relevant universe in which the government or the armed forces are supposed to “do something.”
If, say, the capabilities of already well-known Hollywood technologies to simulate reality were added to our arsenal, a genuinely revolutionary new form of warfare would become possible. Today, the techniques of combining live actors with computer-generated video graphics can easily create a “virtual” news conference, summit meeting, or perhaps even a battle that would exist in “effect” though not in physical fact. Stored video images can be recombined or “morphed” endlessly to produce any effect chosen. This moves well beyond traditional military deception, and now, perhaps, “pictures” will be worth a thousand tanks.
That was 1995. A decade and a half later we have obvious media fakery in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Compare our Hero’s clean right sleeve near his wrist in this iconic photo, to the blood stained one at the 3:20 mark in the video interview below.