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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Col. John P. Maietta

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Col. John P. Maietta, Director of Strategic Operations, Directorate of Interior Affairs, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. Col. Maietta, a career public affairs specialist -- both civilian and military -- will be providing a unique perspective on his year-long volunteer assignment to advise and assist the Interior Ministry's Public Relations Directorate. The directorate has, for the most part, a dedicated and technically competent staff. They also benefit from the generally positive perceptions of the police which the Iraqi public holds. However, their effectiveness is constrained by Iraq's ongoing budget crisis (which limits hiring, training, and the purchase of equipment and media space), as well as by a poor understanding of how to focus and coordinate message delivery throughout their half-million-member organization.

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