FM 3-0 INFORMATION ENGAGEMENT for Civilian Irregular Supporters

7-10. Land operations occur among populations. This requires Army forces to contend constantly with the attitudes and perceptions of populations within and beyond their area of operations. Commanders use information engagement in their areas of operation to communicate information, build trust and confidence, promote support for Army operations, and influence perceptions and behavior. Information engagement is the integrated employment of public affairs to inform U.S. and friendly audiences; psychological operations, combat camera, U.S. Government strategic communication and defense support to public diplomacy, and other means necessary to influence foreign audiences; and, leader and Soldier engagements to support both efforts. Commanders focus their information engagement activities on achieving desired effects locally. However, because land operations always take place in a broader global and regional context, commanders ensure their information engagement plans support and complement those of their higher headquarters, U.S. Government strategic communication guidance when available, and broader U.S. Government policy where applicable.

7-16. Psychological operations are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives (JP 1-02).

 

 

Commanders focus psychological operations efforts toward adversaries, their supporters, and their potential supporters. They may integrate these capabilities into the operations process through information engagement and the targeting process. Psychological operations units may also be task-organized with maneuver forces.

Army forces must contend with the attitudes and perceptions of the American voter.   They have to communicate information, build trust and confidence, promote support for Army operations, and influence the perceptions and behavior of Americans.

Somebody who supports the mission has to convey selected information and indicators to American audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of American  politicians, organizations, groups, and individuals.  Somebody who supports the mission needs to induce or reinforce American attitudes and behavior favorable to mission accomplishment.  Plenty of elements who oppose the mission are doing this.  Domestic oppositional elements deter the military from doing this for itself.  Our defenders serve whatever political masters We The People saddle them with.

That Somebody is us.

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6 responses to “FM 3-0 INFORMATION ENGAGEMENT for Civilian Irregular Supporters

  1. Doug

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    Am I missing the Archives Links, or are they missing?

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  3. Our defenders serve whatever political masters We The People saddle them with.

    This is when I hate being included in “We the People”. I’m telling you Cannoneer, I rarely get who I vote for and when I do, i.e., Bush, I get disappointed.

    I often see comments like “you get who you deserve”, or “America deserves what they get by who they put in office”.

    I’m here to say “NOT ME”!. And look at this election cycle. What kind of choice is this?!

    I think we are getting what the many soap opera watching Americans deserve and they don’t even have a clue.

    “We”, the conservatives among us, on the other hand are just voices crying in the wilderness.

  4. Hey, snippy.

    You hate to be included as part of the group the Preamble to the United States Constitution refers to?

    I hear Costa Rica is nice.

    I tend to believe in collective punishment for nations. The innocent suffer along with the guilty, because the innocent didn’t do enough to stop the guilty.

    I don’t even claim to be a conservative anymore. Conservatives just want to slow down the race to the bottom. They’re not doing anything to turn things around.

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