Brown on Information Operations
Information operations and information warfare will likely play
an increasing role
in 21st Century warfare.
What role do you envision for U.S. SOCOM in overall U.S. information
Special operations forces are very aware of the significant
role Information Operations
(IO) plays in today’s and in future conflicts. In fact, USSOCOM
made IO one of the command’s
core tasks in 1996. USSOCOM units have successfully employed
IO core capabilities in both
OEF and OIF, and IO continues to be embedded throughout SOF operations.
USSOCOM continues to play a very significant role in PSYOP. As
you know, USSOCOM owns
the preponderance of the Department’s PSYOP forces and
capabilities, including the EC-130
Commando Solo radio and TV broadcast aircraft. Due to the high
demand for PSYOP forces,
USSOCOM is in the process of growing its PSYOP force structure
by adding two active duty
regional companies and four reserve component tactical companies.
This year the command also
proposed an Advanced Technologies Concept Demonstration (ACTD)
aimed at improving
PSYOP planning tools and long range dissemination into denied
hostile areas. In addition,
USSOCOM is creating a 70 person Joint PSYOP Support Element,
to provide dedicated joint
PSYOP planning expertise to the Geographic Combatant Commanders,
Strategic Command, and
the Secretary of Defense.
Under what circumstances would the Commander, U.S.
SOCOM, conduct information operations as a supported combatant
USSOCOM became the lead for the war on terrorism IO planning
after September 11th,
2001. In this new capacity, USSOCOM leads collaborative planning,
coordination, and when
directed, execution of IO. USSOCOM envisions IO supporting
surgical, limited duration,
counterterrorism missions, as well as, long range planning
to develop coordinated, trans-regional
strategies against terrorists and their supporters. Due to
Strategic Command’s new Unified
Command Plan responsibilities in regard to global IO, USSOCOM
is working very closely with
Strategic Command to insure mutual IO and PSYOP support and continuity.
Lieutenant General Bryan D. Brown, USA, Senate Armed Services
Committee Hearing, for
appointment as Commander, United States Special Operations Command
to the grade of general.