Information Operations Europe Conference Announced to Address the Impact of Extremism

OBERAMMERGAU, Germany and ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Old Crows (AOC) Information Operations Institute will host the Information Operations Europe 2012 Conference at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, February 22nd to the 23rd.  This conference will discuss the rise of extremism and the role of Information Operations.  During the "Arab Spring," disaffected people across the Arab Region and Northern Africa united to over-throw long-standing governments through the use of the information environment.  These groups leveraged all information elements to garner feverish support within their home nation, across their region, and to the entire world.  Events surrounding "Arab Spring" awakened Western citizens to the plight of disenfranchised populations in those regions.  This conference breaks down the information environment and how it is used by individuals and groups to advance extreme objectives within nation states.  Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Bavarian mountains, Oberammergau is the ideal atmosphere for dedicated professionals to share experiences, debate policies and concepts, and shape the future of information operations.

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Presenters come from government, defense, and academia around the globe, skilled in the field of information operations.  The first day will concentrate on public diplomacy and strategic communications, beginning with a keynote speech on the role of public diplomacy in countering the rise of extremism by Mr. Matt Armstrong, former Executive Director at U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  Following that leaders from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and the Central Command of NATO Military will provide unique perspectives.  Mr. Austin Branch, Director of Information Operations of Department of Defense, will begin Day 2 by discussing partnership outreach efforts from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to NATO in countering the rise of extremism at a national level.  His speech will be followed by presentations by key decision-makers from NATO countries as well as the United Nations. 

AOC is a non-profit international Electronic Warfare/Information Operations (EW/IO) association which promotes electromagnetic spectrum operations and related activities across military, civilian and commercial applications. It is the mission of the AOC to advance strategy, policy and programs for EW/IO, and electromagnetic spectrum operations.

SOURCE Association of Old Crows



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