Psychological Warfare

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Psychological warfare involves the planned use of propaganda and other psychological operations to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of opposition groups. RAND has studied military information support operations (MISO) in many countries and war zones and has provided objective and supportable recommendations to policymakers on methods and tactics to employ or defend against these operations.

  • A service member and interpreter talk with residents about malaria prevention in Ethiopia

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    DoD Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade

    Apr 17, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Defense spends more than $250 million per year on efforts to inform, influence, and persuade. How effective (and cost-effective) are they? How well do they support military objectives? How could they be improved?

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    U.S. Military's Efforts to Influence Afghan Population Have Grown Less Effective Over Time

    Apr 30, 2012

    The efforts of U.S. military information operations and psychological operations in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2010 grew less successful over time. The most notable shortcoming was the inability to counter the Taliban propaganda campaign against U.S. and coalition forces on the theme of civilian casualties.

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