Thursday 3 March 2011

The man behind Operation Earnest Voice

More on Operation Earnest Voice, the US Army's strategic communication and information operation, aimed at disrupting online jihadi activity. According to his entry on LinkedIn, Neal Harper of Mission Communications, based in Florida, is responsible for developing the strategy, which he says is a "$200 million+ program of record".
Harper is a US Navy Reserve officer who has been a consultant to CENTCOM for the last seven years, working with the J3 (0perations) Directorate. He calls himself a Strategic Effects Planner.
Between December 2008 and February 2010 he was commanding officer of NR NAVCENT MAST B, "an expeditionary communications detachment of NAVCENT." He studied at the University of Phoenix where he obtained an MBA in Global Management in 2006, although his first degree came from James Madison University back in 1982. From 2007-8 he studied at the Naval War College.

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