Psyop in the news: Taking over the radio dial, and a Chinese Commando Solo.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013   Print   Send a link
Computerworld, 26 Aug 2013, Darlene Storm: "The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) posted on FedBizOps that it is: 'seeking sources to provide a radio broadcast system capable of searching for and acquiring every AM and FM radio station in a specific area and then broadcasting a message(s) in the target area on all acquired AM and FM radio station frequencies." -- This signal displacement objective would be more difficult to accomplish on shortwave, where distant signals often prevail over those from closer transmitters.

Forbes, 17 Sept 2013, Michael Peck: "Some might wonder whether this technology can be used inside the United States. The answer is yes."

Stars and Stripes, 29 Aug 2013: "A KC-130 Super Hercules was flying over southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, with a message to deliver to those below. ... As the aircraft passed over selected areas, leaflets by the thousands were thrown out the tail end and scattered to the wind. The hope was that the leaflets drifting down from the sky would reach their intended audiences and convince locals to support Coalition efforts to defeat the insurgency influence in the region."

The Diplomat, 14 Aug 2013, Aaron Jensen: "The recent unveiling of China’s new PSYOP (Psychological Operations) aircraft, the Gaoxin-7(高新七号), marks an important step forward for People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) psychological warfare capabilities. Based on a Y-8 airframe (similar to the U.S. Military’s C-130), the Gaoxin-7’s primary mission is to conduct PSYOP missions against enemy forces. Although specific details are few and far between, People’s Republic of China (PRC) media has compared the Gaoxin-7 to the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) EC-130J 'Commando Solo' in terms of its mission and capability. The EC-130J Commando Solo is essentially a flying broadcast station which can transmit media in AM, FM, HF, TV and military communication frequencies to enemy positions."

USA Today, 11 Aug 2013, Tom Vanden Brook: "USA TODAY uses the term propaganda in referring to the Pentagon's MISO [Military Information Support Operations] programs. The paper has been examining the programs for the past two years. Many MISO practitioners find the term pejorative, object to it and say its use shows the paper has a vendetta against the program. Propaganda is an evocative term. Bad guys use it, often without regard to facts or truth. So far, USA TODAY has never found U.S. propaganda filled with lies. Most of what is publicly available — a small sample to be sure as much is classified — is benign. Support the Afghan government, for example. Join the police." -- Wait, how can propaganda be propaganda if it is classified?