Accession Number : ADA562968


Title :   Winning the Soft War: The Employment of Tactical PSYOP Teams in Combat Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Segerstrom, Lorne R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a562968.pdf


Report Date : 08 Jun 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 193


Abstract : The employment of tactical psychological operations (PSYOP) teams (TPT) directly affects the outcome of operations. In the past 10 years, the U.S. Army failed to fully employ TPTs in operations a significant percentage of the time. The operational cost of not employing low-density military specialties is significant. The quality of the command relationship was the determining factor in how effectively commanders employed TPTs. Education and training played a secondary role in the effective employment of TPTs, but the value of relevant training and education is undeniable. This paper examines the employment of TPTs in operations over the last 10 years. It applies information from subject matter experts analyzing the impact of doctrine, training and education, and command relationships on the employment of TPTs. The paper concludes with key concepts that promote the proper employment of TPTs and recommendations for future research.


Descriptors :   *ARMY OPERATIONS , *MILITARY HISTORY , *PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS , *TACTICAL WARFARE , *TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , ARMY TRAINING , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY INFORMATION SUPPORT OPERATIONS , MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES , THESES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE