Persuade, Change, Influence
PSYOP Soldiers use information to influence the behavior of foreign audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives. Used during peacetime, contingencies, and declared war, these activities are non-lethal. They are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments. Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire or other psychological factors to promote specific behaviors. The ultimate objective of PSYOP is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly governments, forces and populations to take actions favorable to the United States and its allies. PSYOP conducts missions to support national objectives at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of operations. Strategic MISO advance broad or long-term objectives; global in nature, they may be directed toward large audiences or at key communicators. They are employed by theater commanders to target groups within the theater of operations. Their purpose can range from gaining support for U.S. operations to preparing the battlefield for combat. Tactical operations are more limited. They are used by commanders to secure immediate and near-term goals. In this environment, these force-enhancing activities serve as a means to lower the morale and efficiency of enemy forces. Both tactical and operational teams may be used to enhance peacetime military activities of conventional and Special Operations Forces operating in foreign countries.