Tagged: PSYOP

Putin propagandists pick up ex-Pentagon PSYOPpers

In an irony that illustrates the contrast in value that Russia and the U.S. place on sound information strategy, the Russian government’s international propaganda service has hired American PSYOP professionals left jobless after congressionally mandated program cuts. RT/Sputnik hired at least four contractors from the US Special Operations Command’s Trans Regional Web Initiative (TRWI), which Congress shut down last year....

Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement

The US Army has published my chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations...

Lithuania: One of the few NATO allies that ‘gets it’

As a collective defense alliance, NATO is made up of members with their own strengths and weaknesses – mostly weaknesses. However, where NATO as an organization is terribly weak – defense against hostile propaganda and subversion – there is one ally that can add value far beyond its small size. That ally is Lithuania. I visited Lithuania this week as...

This is the kind of info we should be using to discredit adversaries

Radical Islamists who claim to hold the moral high ground are often vulnerable to revelations about their own behavior. It is important for the US and its allies to diminish and undermine the moral stature of radical Islamists by publicizing information that disgraces them in the eyes of their followers and supporters. In shame-based cultures, this disgrace can extend to...

Case studies in divisive operations

Case Studies This page contains links to instances of divisive operations, to provide descriptions of how they actually worked (or failed to work).   Trust Operation (False anti-Bolshevik movement to lure opponents, including sleeper cells and exiles, in order to wipe them out, 1921-27) Bailey, Geoffrey [Pseud.], The Conspirators (New York: Harper, 1960. London: Gollancz, 1961). This book is under-appreciated...

Divisive operations videos contain valuable lessons

Here is a selection of short videos to show how effectively divisive operations can work in successful counterinsurgency. The videos to divide the FARC insurgents in Colombia proved to be effective in prompting FARC combatants to desert, and in involving the national population in an uplifting manner. The operation empowered the ordinary Colombian to play a role against the FARC....

USA Today: “US ‘info ops’ programs dubious, costly”

USA Today runs a lengthy front-page story February 29 about information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that report is damning. I won’t summarize it here, but will encourage my students to read it thoroughly and critique it. As a spoiler, I must say that, based on working on information operations with the US military since 9/11, I agree with...

Too tasteless to watch – but we have to understand it

Sometimes truth-tellers are too tasteless to watch, but I really have a gross website to recommend to anyone wanting to see the disconnect between the theory and practice of sharia-compliant Islamic ideology. The site is called DonkeyJihad.com. That’s pretty much all you need to know – apart from the disclaimer that the site is full of tasteless images that are...

PSYOP jobs available

The US military continues to require new civilian expertise in the PSYOP/MISO area. For those of you who may be interested in career opportunities, be sure to have your resume and other related data posted on LinkedIn.com, and to join the PSYOP group, which requires permission. You have to sign into LinkedIn first. To find the PSYOP group, click on...