• Psychological Struggle

    Strategic Communication & Influence Operations: Do We Really Get It?

    Strategic Communication & Influence Operations: Do We Really Get It? by Dr Lee Rowland  & Cdr Steve Tatham, RN. published at Small Wars Journal. The last 2-3 years have seen an explosion in interest in the application of influence as a tool for achieving military objectives. This is not new, the military have always sought to exert influence – albeit at times unwittingly. However, two significant events have brought the issue to further prominence – the publication of JDP3-40 and the deployment of 52 Brigade to Helmand Province in 2007/8. This article does not intend to debate either in any detail – a quick search of inter and intra nets…

  • Media,  Psychological Struggle

    Tactical Strategic Communication! Placing Informational Effect at the Centre of Command

    The early years of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan were not known for their press freedom. Technology was unwelcome, images of human beings considered apostate and world public opinion largely irrelevant to an organisation that actively sought to return afghan society to that of the Prophet Mohamed's time. Yet the success of Al-Qaeda's manipulation of the media in its global insurgency, and more latterly in its operations in Iraq, had not gone unnoticed.

  • Private Military Companies

    UK SAS-SBS poaching

    This is not about the highly respected UK SAS-SBS soldiers poaching but of the poaching OF THEM by private security companies: The SAS and SBS have fewer than 600 "shooters" between them and all have already served several times in Iraq and Afghanistan since the war on terror was launched in 2001. Part-time volunteer reservists from 21 and 23 Territorial regiments of the SAS have also been called up to ease the strain. Between 40 and 60 experienced regular troopers have abandoned their roles over the last year to earn up to �500 a day – about five or six times their army pay – as mercenaries with private security…