About Psychological Operations

Persuade, Change, Influence

Born from counterpropaganda and resistance efforts during World War II, modern-day Psychological Operations, or PSYOP, Soldiers master the power of influence to shape the global security environment, impact regional stability, and achieve United States national security goals. To ensure the security of the homeland and of Americans abroad, PSYOP forces inspire our allies and motivate foreign populations while exploiting vulnerabilities of foreign state and non-state adversaries who might otherwise believe their actions are without consequence.​

“Persuade, Change, Influence” is the motto of the U.S. Army PSYOP Regiment, deploying globally to conduct psychological warfare as a critical component of the United States Special Operations Command. As the Department of Defense’s only influence capability, PSYOP forces support commanders, U.S. ambassadors, allies, alliance and coalition partners, and other governmental agencies. PSYOP Soldiers typically operate in small, autonomous teams or with other special operations forces to develop relationships with a country’s civilian population, government figures, military, and law enforcement agencies. Experts at psychological warfare specialize in unconventional capabilities, cultural expertise, language proficiency, military deception, and advanced communications techniques across all forms of media.