"Truthful information to foreign audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives."

Posted: 28 Mar 2012   Print   Send a link
ShadowSpear Special Operations, 24 Mar 2012, Dave Chace: "More than 80 initial-entry Army Reserve Soldiers graduated the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Advanced Individual Training course during a ceremony March 22 on Fort Bragg, N.C. ... Civil Affairs teams can quickly and systemically identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in war or disaster situations; the work with civilian authorities and populations to lessen the impact of military operations. Psychological Operations level-one skills include foreign-audience analysis, selection of themes and symbols, and identification of relevant information. Psychological Operations Soldiers conduct military information support operations in order to disseminate truthful information to foreign audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives." -- "Truthful information ... in support of U.S. policy and national objectives" suggests that some information may be emphasized, other information de-emphasized, and some omitted altogether. The output, while 100% truthful, could come across as propaganda to audiences who can quickly discern the patterns.

TVNewsCheck, 27 Mar 2012, Diana Marszalek: "U.S. Army Capt. Frank Razzano Jr. ... stashed his uniform in the closet and left Fort Bragg, N.C., where his Military Information Support unit is based, for an apartment in suburban Savannah, Ga., (DMA 92) to spend a year with the news team at WTOC, Raycom’s CBS affiliate there. ... He says his goal is to take away from the experience 'best practices of a television news station' that will help him and fellow PSYOPS soldiers more effectively do their job — spreading the American message to convince foreign populations to support the work of U.S. forces in their countries. ... Dow Smith, a visiting journalism professor at Washington and Lee University, says military internships at TV stations ... blur the line between news staffers and the people and institutions they cover. 'In the media, we have a totally different mission, like telling the truth,' he says. ... Razzano says he is not interested in shaping WTOC's coverage in any way. All he wants to do is learn, he says."