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, July 18, 2016
An ISIS Twofer As Today’s Posting
There is no doubt that ISIS is one of our primary threats
today. Part of the challenge is that they are an international, non-traditional
threat and unlike nation states – do not play by any rules.
It’s no secret that ISIS has become adept at employing technology to
achieve their nefarious goals. At the moment it appears that our rule book isn’t
working and that we are playing catch-up on two fronts: propaganda and cyber.
Juxtaposing the two articles seems to give the edge
to our adversary. The two articles leave you with the impression that the enemy
has maintained the high ground in propaganda while the US is playing catch-up
in dealing with the cyber battlefield and the digital influence war.
Of course, there is the on-going cat and mouse game
where each party doesn’t really want to reveal how successful they may have
been or if and how their enemy has negatively impacted their efforts. Yet it
makes logical sense to step back for a moment.
I have always believed that ‘you train as you fight’.
Unless you have trained and exercised to accomplish a task you are not likely
to be very good at it.
There are several parallel efforts at work here:
1.The use of offensive cyber weapons against a non-traditional enemy.
2.The employment of cyber influence along with traditional Military
Information Support Operations (MISO).
3.The execution of a coordinated set of operations involving both.
4.Injection of other resources be they COTS, contract, mercenary or
One wonders how training is preparing our force to
engage and dominate these battles.