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Nazi Germany's Mass Media Influence Approach: An Introspective Application to Twenty-First Century U.S. Psychological Operations Doctrine

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Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The purpose of this thesis is to conduct a historical, comparative case study between Nazi propaganda and current U.S. Psychological Operations, investigating how they utilize the joint principle of mass to effectively disseminate messages to influence a specific target audience TA. Nazi Germany propagandists effectively massed multiple media dissemination means to message, saturate, and dominate the German information environment IE before and during World War II WWII. Due to the ever-increasing complexity and number of Information Related Capabilities IRC within a given IE, U.S. PSYOP forces need an organized, categorical structure for means of message dissemination. These IRCs and means could then be massed, nested, and mixed to affect an IE for a specific target audience, thus increasing the chance of achieving effects, accomplishing an operational end state, and causing true influence or behavior change.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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