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Social Media versus Security – Industry leaders debate on the impact to Military Operations at 5th annual summit

Teri Arri (SMi Group) - 13 August 2015

Social media has become an invaluable strategic resource for the Defence and Military community. In today’s social media landscape, social platforms can not only be used to gather intelligence and reach an audience which would otherwise be difficult to connect to, but they can also be used as an instrument to influence support for a specific military campaign, such as army recruitment; to communicate from the front line in military operations; and to enforce relations with other nations.

On the contrary of social media having a large presence in military procedures, do the benefits compensate for, what is argued to be, a potential risk to national security? Can an innocent post for example, endanger lives by revealing location and the movement of troops? What happens when the correct code of conduct is not adhered to by a soldier or army civilian? Should the public’s civil liberties be sacrificed for the sake of protection?

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The debate is set to take place this autumn at SMi’s 5th annual conference on Social Media within the Defence and Military Sector on 19th and 20th November in Central London.

Interactive sessions will ask the audience to consider operational awareness against operational security, discuss the argument of civil liberty versus security, review the current state and reliability of intelligence gathering and evaluate if social media can compromise the operations of a mission.

A snap shot of those confirmed include:

Airbus Defence and Space, British Army Music, British Forces Broadcasting Service, College of Policing, Cranfield University, Danish Defence Forces, Defense Media Activity, Canadian DND, Echosec, European External Action Service, French Joint Defence Staff, Israel Defense Forces, Italian Navy, Met Police, NATO Headquarters, NATO SHAPE, Norwegian National Security Authority, QinetiQ, Royal Netherlands Army, Saab, SHRM, United Nations-UN, US Army, ZC Social Media

The 5th annual conference on…

Social Media within the Defence and Military Sector
19 – 20 November 2015
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London UK

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #milsocialmedia

About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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