As the United States still remains poised to launch an attack against Syria, it would be foolhardy for Americans to count on the Pentagon for information about that or any other military operation. The days of reporters being given full access to independently verify Pentagon activities are long over. Instead, the Department of Defense has embraced the idea that it can tell its own story without going through the national media. Today, the Pentagon runs its public relations operations much like that of a political campaign. At the heart of the change is the increasing reliance on defense and intelligence "strategic communications" contractors to get their version of the story to the public without the enormous risk and bother of allowing journalists to report on and verify it.
We wanted to know how much the Pentagon was spending on all its public outreach programs like public affairs, air shows, recruitment, business community outreach by all services and the Secretary of Defense's office. We are still waiting for the answer.