The Defense Science Board (DSB) is a federal advisory committee established in 2001 to provide independent advice to the Secretary of Defense. Early in 2004, the DSB created a special task force on U.S. Strategic Communication with the ultimate aim of making recommendations geared to improving America's negative image in world opinion. The ten-member task force, comprising academics and analysts from the private sector working with a panel of government advisers, presented its 111-page final report——which concludes that U.S. strategic communication ““must be transformed““——in August 2004. Footnotes in the excerpts below have been eliminated for space considerations. The entire report can be viewed on the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Web site at www.acq.osd.mil.

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