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SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION 3110.05

PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS

 

1. PURPOSE. This supplemental instruction gives information and guidance for use by combatant commanders during joint psychological operations (PSYOP) planning.

2. GENERAL

a. The Secretary of State has responsibility for overall direction, coordination, and supervision of interdepartmental psychological activities of the US government in overseas areas. PSYOP policies will be disseminated through US Information Agency channels to US Information Service representatives in a host country.

b. In a theater of operations, USIA will furnish representatives to serve on the staff of the combatant commander to advise and guide military PSYOP planners.

c. Combatant commanders will control the execution of all psychological warfare operations under the policy guidance of the Department of State.

d. When US forces are committed to an overseas operation short of a declaration of war or at the request of a friendly foreign government, PSYOP will be conducted by the military under the overall guidance of the US ambassador in-country, or the Secretary of State in the absence of a US ambassador.

e. Where insufficient guidance exists or conflicts arise regarding joint operational employment of forces, the matter will be referred to the Joint Staff for decision and/or policy guidance.

3. SPECIFIC PLANNING GUIDANCE

a. All PSYOP plans developed by a combatant commander must stem from national policy and strategy for a particular country or area.

b. Combatant commanders will ensure the integration of supporting PSYOP plans into the operation plans.

c. The combatant commander's responsibilities regarding PSYOP planning include the following:

(1) Preparation of PSYOP plans, orders, directives, and requests for support

(2) Coordination of PSYOP intelligence requirements

(3) Analysis of target audiences

(4) Determination of psychological objectives

(5) Coordination and allocation of PSYOP resources, using available friendly foreign military and civilian support and facilities

(6) Analysis of PSYOP effectiveness

(7) Giving PSYOP technical support to subordinate and supporting commanders

(8) Coordinating psychological support requirements with other interested staffs and agencies

d. In PSYOP planning, particular attention must be paid to enemy courses of action, availability of indigenous resources, assets of all US agencies, and the time available to produce and pretest PSYOP information and propaganda materials.