Academic journal article Military Review

MR Letters

Academic journal article Military Review

MR Letters

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Army IO is PSYOP

Lieutenant Colonel Carmine Cicalese, USA, Assistant Chief of Staff, G7, MultiNational Division-Baghdad(MND-B), Iraq-As an information operations (IO) officer, I appreciated Colonel Curtis D. Boyd's May-June 2007 Military Review article "Army IO is PSYOP-Influencing More with Less."

COL Boyd is correct that IO is often confused with psychological operations (PSYOP) . . . but mainly because we do not understand our own doctrine, recent changes to the doctrine, or emerging doctrine. . . .

In MND-B, we conduct full-spectrum IO by planning, coordinating, and synchronizing IO, public affairs (PA), civil affairs, and related special programs. We focus on disrupting the enemy's decision-making cycle as it relates to the division commander's high-priority target list. PSYOP is not alone in this effort . . . . The division also plans and coordinates the communications line of operation (LOO) . . . . The communications LOO informs and influences key audiences through PA, select IO (mostly PSYOP), video images, and Soldier and leader engagements. PSYOP is an important part of shaping the information environment and then exploiting key events . . . however, it is not the only means of exploitation and consequence management. . . .

The greatest growth in information is in the PA arena. By engaging Iraqi and Arab media outlets . . . . [w]e do not have to wait for PSYOP's production and approval-PA is not limited to domestic audiences whatsoever.

COL Boyd is also correct that more PSYOP personnel are needed. Although the PSYOP personnel work for me, I believe a PSYOP lieutenant colonel at division level would better serve the commander. …

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