Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (2004):The Power Age Concepts and Technologies. Improving Tactical PSYOP Video Dissemination in Media-Austere Operating Environments
PACIFIC COMMAND CAMP H M SMITH HI
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U.S. video psychological operations PSYOP are difficult in austere operating environments lacking a mature television infrastructure. The need for video PSYOP in such environments is great, due to low literacy rates, which narrow the reach of traditional print products. Video PSYOP has generally required an extant television network and viewing audience. In operating environments where a network and viewing audience are not developed, tactical dissemination means must fill the gap. Recent operations demonstrate the requirement for video PSYOP in media-austere environments where the target audience lacks access to television, due to poverty, or lack of supporting infrastructure. Media-austere operating environments lack the indigenous TV programming necessary to attract the target audience. Accordingly, Video PSYOP also requires a supporting base of culturally appropriate video programming. PSYOP modernization efforts must obtain access to such supplemental programming while developing the technical means for tactical video dissemination. In a media-austere operating environment, tailor-made video products must be created and delivered on-site, in remote villages, military bases, and cities, to small audiences using tactical dissemination systems operated by PSYOP soldiers. Successful video PSYOP in media austere operating environments require modern, versatile tactical video dissemination means that can withstand field conditions and complement tactical operations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Radio Communications