posted on Dec, 24 2005 @ 06:32 PM
From the Department of DefenseDictionary of Military and Associated Terms.....As Amended Through August 31, 2005...
Actions to convey and/or deny selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning
as well as to intelligence systems and leaders at all levels to influence official estimates, ultimately resulting in foreign behaviors and official
actions favorable to the originator’s objectives. In various ways, perception management combines truth projection, operations security, cover and
deception, and psychological operations.
Planned Operations to convey selected information and indicators to foriegn audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and
ultimately the behavior of foriegn governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or
reinforce foriegn attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator's objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also overt peacetime psychlogical
operations programs; perception management.
A Thank You for Majic for indirectly providing the way towards the provided link.....in my opinion, a valuable resource for those who want to take a
look at how the DoD defines their own. A quick perusal will showcase the many subtle and seemingly disconnected aspects of their goals.
I chose to addendum in this regard because I feel it is relevant. We already have two posts dismissing the implications of the headline story as not
only benefitial, but not at all wrong in any way shape or form. But I still contend that this is a very relevant news story and the attention payed
to it in its initial go around was far below its importance. We see in the definitions from the DoD dictionary the capacity for the military to
institute efforts whose objective is to influence the behaviour and attitudes of foriegn indiviuals, groups and governments. It is stipulated in the
definitions that the applications are directed at foriegn entities but this very news story contradicts that assertion. Indeed, by merely stipulating
'foriegn audiences', the definition is performing a kind of perception management....by affecting the objective reasoning of the reader in the from
of offering a given (a definition for all intents and purposes is supposed to be a fundamental breakdown of the term, concept, etc.....but the term
foriegn would seem to negate any inclination to include domestic efforts).
And there are many who will read this that will accept the motives of the government as they are stated by the government. Even in the face of what
here happens to be a contradiction of definition and application....
We here at ATS and ATSNN spend many hours dissecting current events and potential intricacies.....attempting to discern the motives of those behind
the curtain and connecting the dots as we see them in order to formulate not only a working comprehension of the string of events that have resulted
in current events, but where we are headed next........This is a reminder that the dots as we see them have in some cases already been considered and
have been presented in such a way as to place some of us well behind their schedule......
In the words of Thomas Pynchon.....
"If they can get us to ask the wrong questions, then they don't have to worry about the answers."