PSYOP OPSEC and an IT View of Today’s Influence Landscape

news  %tages PSYOP OPSEC and an IT View of Today’s Influence Landscape I have often posted in this area Social Media as an vital PSYOP standard. But, I haven’t addressed the down side of Social Media very much. An article in the June 4, 2014 Aviationist is quite to the point: A U.S. Air Force Intel team turned a comment on social media into an airstrike on ISIS building (See: http://theaviationist.com/2015/06/04/social-media-comment-turned-into-airstrike/which is also the photo source. )According to the article: “According to Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Mandate, airmen belonging to the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Assemble, at Hurlburt Field, Florida, were able to geo-locate an ISIS center of operations building thanks to a comment posted on social media by a militant. As Carlisle clarified to Defense Tech: “The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt, they’re combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this mandate. And in some social media, open forum, bragging in this area the mandate and control capabilities for Daesh, ISIL. www.psyopwar.com And these guys go: ‘We got an in.’ So they do some work, long report small, in this area 22 hours later through that very building, three [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out.” Many of us know that many senior CDR, especially Generals reckon they are experts at all including PSYOP.  Many of us have been in AOs where GOs have run their own shape campaigns and have engaged in operations with any regard to the psychological impact of those actions. Add this to the challenges of enforcing complete OPSEC up and down the chain of mandate and there is a real recipe for disaster. Tactical teams in particular need to be insightful to the shape activities of their supported orders and insure that the MISO chain of mandate is knowledgeable so that they in turn can work through the supported mandate’s higher HQ to provide the appropriate guidance. Another View of the Shape Landscape As many of you know, I have spent my civilian career in the high tech world. One of the www.psyopwar.com journalists who I respect and have followed for years recently wrote a blog entry in this area Wag The Dog – one of my favorite post Bosnia PSYOP type movies. Check it out at: http://blog.strom.com/wp/?p=4861

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