The authors of this paper understand that the study recommended has some known limitations. The proposed content analysis is not likely to produce a random sample; also, other types of news media like radio, television newsmagazines, and printed editorials are excluded. However, the error or bias introduced should not significantly affect the results if a large enough sample is used. Another potential problem lies with the creation of a provisional JCIRT as the independent variable. Lacking the proper resources or desire by the Department of Defense could prohibit its provisional implementation. To combat this potential problem, the authors suggest the use of a survey of military public affairs professionals and military commanders to further test the need of a JCIRT.
If the results of the proposed study display the value of the pilot implementation of a single JCIRT, as expected, the authors recommend that the Department of Defense expand and fully implement the organization, to include the creation of the two additional JCIRT’s. With the modular configuration, one team of the three-lettered groups would be on short-notice recall and be ready to deploy within 12 hours of notification. The other teams would be in varying stages of readiness, but in general the entire JCIRT would be deployable within 96 hours of notification. Planners should anticipate a high operational tempo for this organization, and determine an appropriate means of ensuring that individuals do not burn out from repetitive deployments.
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