I know you have heard the term “Fourth Estate”, right?
In case you are ignorant of the term…..let me assist you…..
The term “fourth estate” is used to describe the press. Describing journalists and the news outlets for which they work as members of the fourth estate is an acknowledgment of their influence and status among the greatest powers of a nation, the author William Safire once wrote.
The term goes back centuries when it applied to any unofficial group that wielded public influence, including a mob.
Now that you have the background on the term “Fourth Estate”….that is NOT what this post is about.
The Fourth Estate is a term used within the Pentagon to mean any thing other than military ……..
The term “Fourth Estate” — first popularized as a way to describe the press as a non-governmental actor in society — has in recent decades been appropriated as shorthand for the Defense Department’s agencies and activities that are not part of the military branches: the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
The distinction between these “DOD Components” and the “military components” is laid out in DoD Instruction 7730.64. As a 2018 GAO report put it, the “DOD has defined Fourth Estate organizations as DOD organizations, other than the
military services, that have DOD manpower resources.”
These organizations include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, DOD field activities, and the combatant commands. The list also includes more than two dozen defense agencies, including the: Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Missile Defense Agency, and more.
Now you know something that does not mean a damn thing to you….but at least you can say you learned something thanx to the old professor….
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”