Information Operations and Public Affairs: A Working Relationship Defined
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The worst outcome would be to lose this war Iraq by default. If the smart folks in the psy-op and civil affairs tents can cast a truthful, persuasive message that resonates with the average Iraqi, why not use the public affairs vehicles to transmit it This proposal throws those familiar with both organizations into a mental tizzy. Military deception MILDEC as an element of information operations IO is an integral part of maneuver warfare, as is psychological operations PSYOP. Because MILDEC and PSYOP have negative connotations, it is blindly assumed that both create a false perspective for an opposing force, therefore causing the media and public to become rightfully suspicious when public affairs PA and information operations collaborate. Truth is necessary for public affairs to build credibility for success. The question is how can the military use information operations and public affairs as an effective team when their missions appear to be contradictory. The war necessitates a well-defined relationship between IO and PA built on integrity, they must be able to constructively join forces.
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