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.
Monday, November 5, 2012
“Radio Training” Part of US Handoff in Afghanistan
article describes the “Radio in a box” concept where by the Afghan Army helps
to broadcast political shows, music and messages according to the article.
There is even a new job title in the Afghan Army, “Information Dissemination
Officer”. In addition to active participation in the messaging cycle, the IDO
is also responsible for propaganda analysis and other related tasks.
the nature of what is being broadcast, one would have to conclude that the
US/NATO equivalent would have to be MISO, InfoOps or PSYOPs depending on which
force you are talking to.
is even more interesting is that the IO of the 173rd Airborne Bde
BCT appears to be the coach for the operation. The fact that the BCT can muster
such an individual and an 04 to boot is commendable.
I suspect that the Afghans will face many of the same challenges with their new
mission as those forces with more mature MISO capabilities. Getting the buy in
and support of Commanders up the chain and insuring that the political masters
aren’t offended at the same time are no easy tasks.
course the new information disseminators are faced with the same challenge as
the rest of us – how do we know when our message is being effective?