In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Dr Charles Knight, lecturer in terrorism, asymmetric conflict and urban operations at Charles Sturt University, joins editor of Defence Connect Liam Garman to discuss the power and influence of media and information warfare strategies in the contemporary battlespace.
Dr Knight, a former member of the British Army and Royal Air Force, begins by reflecting on the prevalence of information warfare throughout history, and how strategies have evolved over time.
The pair then outline modern examples of the effective use of media to produce desired military outcomes, pointing to case studies in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Knight also explains the findings of his recent report The realities of war: recognising and planning for the decisive role of media on the urban battlefield, which assessed the impact of media reporting on military campaigns in the urban warfare environment. The report can be found here.
Finally, Dr Knight lists recommendations from his research, which aims to build trust in the military among media representatives in a bid to support the broader national security effort.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
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Episode 280: PODCAST: The submarine story no one wants to hear, with ANU’s Professor Roger Bradbury
Episode 279: PODCAST: Unpacking AUKUS — Australia’s nuclear submarine deal
Episode 278: PODCAST: A different vision for Australian defence industry, with shadow minister for defence industry Matt Keogh
Episode 277: PODCAST: The future of Australia’s space industry with Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space
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