Psychological operations are planned propaganda operations to convey
selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence
their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the
behaviour of foreign governments, organisations, groups, and
The purpose of United States psychological
operations (PSYOP) is to induce or reinforce behaviour favourable to US
objectives. They are an important part of the range of diplomatic,
informational, military, and economic activities available to the US.
They can be utilised during both peacetime and conflict.
There are three main types: strategic, operational, and tactical. Strategic PSYOP
include informational activities conducted by the US government agencies
outside of the military arena, though many utilise Department of
Defense (DOD) assets. Operational PSYOP are conducted across the range
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