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PSYOP: On a Complete Change in Organization Practice, and Doctrine

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On Monday, June 21, 2010, Admiral Eric T. Olson, commander of the US Special Operations Command, announced a decision to change the term, psychological operations PSYOP to Military Information Support and Military Information Support Operations MISO. He stated that henceforth the term, PSYOP, will be eliminated from usage in the military. Admiral Olson commands all of the military services special operations commands. He and General George Casey, Army chief of staff, agreed on the decision, which the Secretary of Defense approved. As Admiral Olson states, This will be a complete change in organization, practice, and doctrine. The bulk of our PSYOP forces is in the Army. Its only active duty organization, the 4th PSYOP Group, is located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Its commander, a colonel, reports to the commander of the US Army Special Operations Command USASOC, a lieutenant general. In addition, there are two PSYOP groups in the Army Reserve. Admiral Olsons memo announcing this decision states that the active duty PSYOP community is very receptive to this change. Very is the operative word. Based on my discussions with some active duty personnel over the past couple of years, I dont believe this to be the case. Of course, all of them knew that I was writing an article for publication, and asked for non-attribution.

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  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Radio Communications

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