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I this story the other day, but Rolling Stone isn’t exactly famous for its in depth analysis of defense matters, so I figured I’d put the 24 hour rule in effect. Looks like I was right…

 

Like I said the other day, it’s beginning to look more like the Rolling Stone Magazine was taken for a clown car ride…more accurately, Michael Hastings was taken for a ride by Texas National Guardsman LTC Michael Holmes. Sources in the Army and apparently in a position to know, tell the Wall Street Journal that Holmes wasn’t trained in psychological operations.

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  1. Okay, I just wrote a long explanation of IO versus PSYOP, which I won’t re-type after it magically disappeared. Suffice it to say that IO and PSYOP are not the same thing. Information Operations can be something as simple as providing the right (and factual) information necessary to shape, influence, or change peoples’ opinions. For example, ensuring that all media outlets have access to the true nature of US military operations (i.e. we take great pains to avoid civilian casualties) is an information operation designed to offset the enemy’s portrayal of us as indiscriminate killers. If “we” give information to a politician to inform him of US programs and their efficacy in training ANA forces, it is with the intent to inform him and shape his opinion and then influence his actions (i.e. vote for more funds). These CODELs ostensibly come to theater to learn more. If Caldwell applied some extra analysis to provide that, so what? It is not PSYOP, and the original article is spun to paint it negatively.

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