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]
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]