DND losing media officers due to political micromanaging

The Ottawa Citizen has obtained a report from DND citing high turnover in its public affairs officers, resulting in more junior officers having to assume senior duties, with reduced effectiveness. If so, it’s a shame. Through personal experience I’m met a few of the Army public affairs officers three years ago, and they were doing an extremely good job in an extremely difficult situation: maintaining a good reputation for the army in the midst of a complex, unpopular war.


Kevin Carle, a former senior public affairs officer, said he isn’t surprised by the exodus and reports of poor morale. “With this particular government there is micromanagement,” said Carle, who retired as a navy captain in 2008. “It is absolute control of information so public affairs officers are really frustrated.”

Sept. 25 2011