The history of military-media relations began as and remains one of suspicion and distrust. This paper examines the military-media relationship and its impact on the operational commander's planning process in military operations. A brief review of the military-media relationship during significant points in military history is provided. The mistakes and successes observed from history are extracted as a foundation to build the military-media relationship for current military contingencies. Defining the degree of access that will be afforded to the media will ultimately rest with the operational commander. The operational commander must involve himself when dealing with the media. His direct support will bring positive support in the military-media relationship. Consideration, cooperation, and communication with the media are basic principles that provide the foundation for a good working relationship with the media. The operational commander can significantly enhance his aims by incorporating these principles into his planning process....Military and the Media, News, News Media, Media, Press, Journalism, Operational Level.