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.
Friday, September 28, 2012
“Game Over” Text To Syrian Rebels – What’s the Message Behind The Message?
article describes a MISO campaign wherein the Syrian government has texted
various rebels. The first reaction is that this is perhaps another one of those
campaigns that I call the ‘surrender now and avoid the rush’ campaigns where
the goal is to convince the enemy to surrender. The article makes it clear that
the predominant feeling is that the campaign is not likely to influence any of
the rebels to surrender or even diminish their activities. In fact the spike in
rebel activity is partially attributed to the provocation of the text messages
can see that today’s battlefield is truly a 5 dimensional one (air, land, sea,
space & cyber) as clearly expressed by the Economist (see http://www.economist.com/node/16478792).
Just as the domains of war have blurred, it is important to remember that other
aspects of the battlefield have evolved as well.
example, the fact that the texts were delivered could also mean: “we know who you are, we know where you are and
because we control all communications, we are listening to every word you have
to say.” It’s implied that SIGINT can be used to find the enemy and that the
Syrian government can effectively deny the rebels their mobile phone
no one disputes the notion that the best defense is a good offense, it would be
prudent for influence and kinetic warriors to consider the multi-level effects
found on the 5th dimensional battlefield.