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On Psychological Operations/Warfare

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Used during peacetime, contingencies and declared war, these (PSYOP) activities are not a form of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means. Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes or behaviors. The ultimate objective of U.S. military psychological operations is the dissemination of information to audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the United States and its allies.