National Guard Commando Solo aircraft could, if necessary, domestically disseminate.

Posted: 21 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
Washington Post, 17 August 2010, Jeff Stein: The mission of the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania National Guard, including its Commando Solo EC-130 aircraft, "is psychological operations -- propaganda, in a word. Or at least it was until June, when the name of the mission was changed to a more civilian-friendly 'Military Information Support Operations,' or MISO. Under any name, the planes are equipped to broadcast radio and television messages to target audiences, including in the United States. Although the unit’s main mission is foreign, to counter an adversary’s propaganda or propagate our own (such as all-is-lost surrender messages aimed at Iraqi troops), the 193rd is also ready to spring into action domestically under the Defense Department's Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, which was established in Colorado Springs, Colo., after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ... 'Commando Solo has the capability to broadcast TV, radio, you name it, precisely what is needed after a hurricane, an earthquake -- whatever it takes to get out the information,' said Joel Harding, of the Association of Old Crows, the electronic warfare veterans association."

U.S. Army Special Operations Command News Service, 17 August 2010, Dave Chace: "Brig. Gen. Bennet Sacolick takes command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School from Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 17. ... These regiments make up the Army's special operations community: Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations. SWCS, as the Army's special operations university, trains and educates Soldiers and service members throughout the Department of Defense in advanced unconventional warfare techniques. At 54-years-old, Sacolick has commanded the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne) and served with the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior service college fellow."