Psychological Operations

Psychological Operations

Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS) are techniques used by military and police forces to influence a target audience’s value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior. Target audiences can be governments, organizations, groups, and individuals, and are used in order to induce confessions, or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator’s objectives. These are sometimes combined with black operations or false flag tactics.

 Guide to Psychological Warfare Records in Departmental Records Branch, October 1951 [184 Pages, 10.42MB]


 The Creation and Dissemination of All Forms of Information in Support of Psychological Operations (PSYOP) in Time of Military Conflict [63 Pages]

 Doctrine for Joint Psychological Operations [66 Pages]

 “Final Draft, Executive Summary, Volume 3 – Psychological Operations – 75 , Special Warfare – 75 , Basic Derivative Study (BDS) [38 pages, 5.34mb]

 Joint Psychological Operations Task Force Headquarters Master Training Guide [330 Pages, 31.1MB] – This manual provides a descriptive, performance-oriented training guide to assist leaders in training their units and guiding the functions of the joint psychological operations task force (JP01F) headquarters (HQ) in actual operations.

 Overt Psychological Operations – DoD Directive S-3321.1 [8 Pages, 1.28mb]

 Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941-1991. Lessons for U.S. Commanders [243 Pages]

 PSYOP Operations in the 21st Century [38 Pages]

 United States Special Operations Command Security Classification Guide for the Psychological Operations Planning and Analysis System (POPAS) [28 Pages, 1.19MB]

 WAR.COM: The Internet and Psychological Operations [30 Pages]