The Army's doctrine for Information Operations (IO) is relatively new. The first doctrinal manual for IO, FM 100-6, was published in August 1996 and focuses primarily on IO as a part of combat operations. However, units participating in the peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations of the 1990s have had to apply IO in military operations other than war (MOOTW) environments. Presently, there is no doctrinal information focused on implementing IO in peace operations.
This newsletter seeks to provide information on the application of Army Information Operations in a peace operations environment and an analysis of current doctrine as it is being interpreted in the field. Doctrinal concepts are applied to the category of MOOTW in general and to peace operations in particular. Specific examples are given to amplify the doctrinal discussions.
This newsletter is built on current doctrinal sources for Army Information Operations and its component disciplines and on observations from Task Force Eagle Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARD, and JOINT FORGE in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It provides commanders and their staffs a comprehensive document that shows how IO may be used to support operations in a MOOTW environment and provides tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) as a starting point for mission analysis and course-of-action development.
If your unit has identified lessons concerning IO, or IO TTPs that work, please share them with the rest of the Army by contacting CALL at DSN 552-2255/3035, FAX DSN 552-9564/9583, or commercial (913) 684-2255/3035. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and our WWW web page is http://call.army.mil. Be sure to include your phone number and complete address when contacting us.
MICHAEL A. HIEMSTRA
Chapter One, Introduction