...for downrange milblogging. I noticed yesterday when I logged on to AKO (Army Knowledge Online) that the Army has now set up a whole separate area for bloggers. Click to enlarge-
While this seems like the Army going to great lengths to accommodate soldiers that want to have a blog and share their opinions, there is one small hitch. AKO is password protected, meaning that only military members, retirees and their families can access AKO. Including the new area set up for blogs.
The Army released a policy letter on blogging in 2007 that threatened to shut down all blogging from soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, which is what I told Stars and Stripes newspaper in this story. The Army never strictly enforced the policy, and the issue seemed to fade away.
But now the Army is in place to ban public access blogs by deployed soldiers and replace them with AKO, which is restricted access. I can't find any information to support my hunch, but I will predict that the Army will force all active duty and deployed soldiers to migrate to AKO blogging within the next six months. While George Bush was open to criticism of his war decisions from soldiers, I can't imagine that President Obama will have the same degree of toleration based on his attempts to shut down anyone in the media who publicly disagrees with him.