The PAO Conversation

Grim had some interesting discussions with active duty PAO guys at the Milblog Conference.

I posted this as a comment over there:

 We are losing the infowar. This “wall” between PA and IO is like Gorelick’s wall in the FBI. It is not realistic to differentiate between domestic and foreign audiences. Whatever is targeted at one will be seen by the other.

According to Joint Publication 3-13, psychological operations are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign [AND DOMESTIC] audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign [AND OUR OWN] governments, organizations, groups and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign [AND DOMESTIC] attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.

Does anybody doubt that the enemy is running PSYOPS on us?

Who does domestic counter-PSYOPS? Hostile media are the enemy’s psywar operator’s, but the PA side won’t engage them as such. The center of gravity of this war is the will of the American people, half of whom are ready to quit right now.

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3 responses to “The PAO Conversation

  1. There are a lot of excellent points here. The real question is, though, how does one deal with a mainstream media that is indifferent at best to what our troops are doing?

  2. Maybe the DoD PA/IO people can take CPT Z’s advice and google the journos before giving them anything. Maintain an excrement list. Punish bad behavior, reward good. Write off AP and Reuters. Actively recruit embeds for each brigade from the local papers around the brigade’s home station. Michael Gilbert of the Tacoma News Tribune covering the first 3/2 Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis is the prototype. The home town media are not near so hostile.

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