[IWP News Release] Publication Date: February 1, 2011
The brigade commander of an Army force being deployed to South Korea invited IWP Professor J. Michael Waller to Fort Hood, Texas, to brief his officers and senior enlisted personnel on the propaganda war in the Korean peninsula. Waller spent the week before the first days of spring semester at Fort Hood with the soldiers.
Colonel J. T. Thomson, Commander of the 41st Fires Brigade, was an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics before taking his command at Fort Hood. It was at IWP where he first met Professor Waller and attended his classes, ultimately calling him to Texas to brief his officers and NCOs in advance of their Korean deployment.
In his introduction of Waller’s presentation, Col. Thomson told about 100 assembled officers and senior enlisted about IWP and its unique programming. After the conclusion he presented Dr. Waller with a 41st Fires Brigade challenge coin for IWP President John Lenczowski.
The 41st is a field artillery unit assigned to III Corps, and supports the 1st Cavalry Division.
Professor Waller did the training at Fort Hood as a member of the faculty of the Leader Development and Education for a Sustained Peace (LDESP) program of the Naval Postgraduate School. He has trained nearly 4,000 officers and senior enlisted personnel in influence operations, information warfare, and psychological operations.