Authoritative source of information on Psychological Operations (PSYOP) or as it is now called Military Information Support Operations (MISO). Written by a retired senior Army Officer and former Honorary Colonel of the PSYOP Regiment.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Satellite for Afghanistan = Fondue Pots For Namibia?
UK based Guardian reported on April 9, 2012: “Afghanistan announces satellite
tender” (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/afghanistan-satellite which is
also the photo source). The article describes how the Afghani government is
looking for a partner to help them bring television and the Internet to all
parts of Afghanistan. The article also talks about the open and competitive
nature of Afghan television and the scrambling for frequencies by broadcasters.
I saw the article I was reminded of the Saturday Night Life Eddie Murphy skit
series centered on providing fondue pots for the African Nation of Namibia (see
implication to me is that the last thing an African developing nation probably
needed was the luxury cooking item used for melting cheese or chocolate and
dipping items into the resulting gelatinous mass.
population of Afghanistan is overwhelmingly – say 75% or more rural (one source
is: http://foodsecurityatlas.org/afg/country/socioeconomic-profile/introduction). While
having the signal is fine and dandy, you also need a few other components such
as: receiving instruments, electric power for the receiving instruments and, oh
yes, a population willing and able to use these new devices and the content for
them to experience.
course such an effort would not happen for quite some time, but it seems to me
that MISO in particular should not count on this medium in the near future.
counterpoint could be made that the leaders and more educated population lives
in cities and that perhaps there has been a stimulation of migration from rural
areas to cities in Afghanistan just has there has been in China and Africa. If
so, then beefing up the electronic media profile makes a great deal of sense.
gut however, believes this is a Quixotic effort destined to fail due in part to
the fact that investment partners are looking for a return on their investment.