All items from Multinational staff assigned to ISAF / NATO Info Ops units in Afghanistan.
Enjoy - DREW
drewchaneyaustralia wrote:The Information Operations patches shown are a reflection of the frequent rotations by staff in the ISAF HQ Kabul and the multinational aspect of Regional Command staffs across A-STAN. So the variations are a reflection of the years in country and the slight adjustments made to the logos by those rotational staffs manned by the Germans, Poles, Americans and numerous others across A-stan. The patches reflect the HQ and Regional Commands IO staffs. The IJC patches reflect the ISAF Command re-structure and the importance that Information Operations requires / attained. IO is the overarching desired control over all the information domain and includes integration and coordination of computer network security, military operations security, deception operations, electronic warfare, PSYOPS and CIMIC. It also includes Public Affairs, Human Terrain Analysis etc and more often than not gets easily associated with PSYOPS, if not often confused with PSYOPS. PSYOPS is a more visually identifiable end product function - i.e. you can see loudspeaker units, TPT'S in theatre, leaflet distribution etc etc...... IO is coming under a lot of fire as being ineffective in Afghanistan. The US Army has changed it's terminology of IO to that of Inform and Influence Activities. You may also be aware that US ARMY PSYOP is now Military Information Support Operations.
NATO / ISAF and US are struggling with terminology and messages and narratives at the moment. Control over the information domain is essential but it appears we are struggling with how this is applied in modern warfare and in conflicts other than war. PM me if you want more info. Drew