psychological operations


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psychological operations

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(Military) another term for psychological warfare
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psychological operations

Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator's objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also overt peacetime psychological operations programs; perception management.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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A report, released last fall by the Defense Science Board (DSB), said that the command's psychological operations (psyops) are hampered by aging equipment and a lack of appreciation for what they can accomplish.
As regards the US sanctions, Esmayeeli said that the US move was part of its psychological operations to cover up the crimes committed by those who are seeking to fulfill the West's demands in Syria.
Psychological Operations units to modernize outdated aircraft and other equipment and replace them with more sophisticated commercial technology.
The statement further said that the intelligence and information gathered by the ministry shows that the center of this network which is stationed at the British spy agency's psychological operations organization (known as the BBC) is also leading a number of radio, TV networks or anti-revolution news websites, including R.F.L, Deutsche Welle, Radio Farda, BBC, VOA and Manoto TV.
"Owing to the special sensitivity of the case and numerous intelligence, security and judicial considerations, the collected information fully substantiate the link between the detained individuals and the psychological operations network of the British government and reveals the type and nature of the organized move by the alien media, even without considering the confessions made by the suspects," it said.
"These are psychological operations, and they try to cover up their weaknesses in new arenas through such unconfirmed and unfounded reports," Dadras underscored.
Timely understanding and taking target audience's emotions into account particularly in pre, during and post chaotic times gives a deeper understanding of how to deal with target audience and prepare Psy Ops (psychological operations) product.
Psychological operations and, to a lesser degree, civil affairs share a common lineage with special forces.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in a statement on Tuesday categorically dismissed the US claims that an IRGC drone made an "unsafe approach" to an American aircraft carrier, saying that Washington is pursuing psychological operations against Tehran.
For this year, it will focus on current military operational and field priorities, anti-terrorism, and modern war techniques; border security, and humanitarian, evacuation and psychological operations as well as strategic communications, Al-Shara noted.
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