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U.S. military information operations in Afghanistan: effectiveness of psychological operations 2001-2010

U.S. military information operations in Afghanistan: effectiveness of psychological operations 2001-2010

Munoz, Arturo, 1949- author

The U.S. Marine Corps, which has long recognized the importance of influencing the civilian population in a counterinsurgency (COIN) environment, asked the RAND National Defense Research Institute to evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. military (USMIL) information operations (IO) and psychological operations (PSYOP) in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2010 based on how well messages and themes are tailored to target audiences. This monograph responds to that request. It should be emphasized that this report does not cover the significant changes in IO and PSYOP definitions, doctrine, organization, and implementation in the field that have taken place since 2010. When the text refers to the present, or the current situation, it generally means 2010

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. History. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2012

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Details

Statement of responsibility: Arturo Munoz
ISBN: 0833051547, 0833051563, 9780833051516, 9780833051547, 9780833051561
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-175).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 175 pages) : color illustrations, maps.
Series: RAND Corporation monograph series ; MG1060
Subject: HISTORY Military Afghan War (2001- ); Psychological warfare History 21st century.; Afghan War, 2001- Psychological aspects.; United States.; Afghan War (2001- ); Afghan War, 2001- Propaganda.; Psychological aspects.; Psychological warfare.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Propaganda.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series ; MG1060.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access

Contents

  1. Introduction : definition and objectives of psychological operations in Afghanistan
  2. Methodology for assessing the effectiveness of U.S. military psychological operations
  3. Main themes and messages and their effectiveness
  4. A review of the means of dissemination in psychological operations
  5. Effectiveness in countering Taliban propaganda
  6. Organizational problems affecting information operations and psychological operations
  7. New initiatives being implemented to improve psychological operations
  8. Recommendations for improving the effectiveness of psychological operations.