psychological warfare


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psychological warfare

n.
The use of various techniques, such as propaganda and terror, to induce or reinforce attitudes favorable to a war effort among a population or government.
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In February 1944, McClure, under General Dwight Eisenhower's command, established the Psychological Warfare Division, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces (PWD/SHAEF), for the invasion of France and prosecution of the war in mainland Europe.
Hanna said psychological warfare was also important because "it affects those who can't change what is happening on the battlefield.
But psychological warfare was aimed not only at foreign, but also at domestic audiences, and some of the book's most interesting material deals with how Americans were both subjects of, and at times actors in, government propaganda campaigns.
After joining the CIA in 1951, he later became chief of the Psychological Warfare branch of the CIA's station in Miami.
When the war broke out, he found himself working on government projects, most notably for the Psychological Warfare Branch, which sent him to North Africa in 1943 and then to Italy.
Still, it sounds more like a fraternity prank than a serious contribution to psychological warfare.
And one can imagine a disaffected spouse waging psychological warfare to push the other to file for divorce, or making false allegations of physical abuse or other "faults.
It's something manufactured by the press, that no matter what you say, it's construed as psychological warfare - as they call it - against your opponents; it's absolute nonsense.
What good is psychological warfare on anyone in a drug-induced stare?
Special operations forces were assigned missions of unconventional warfare, direct action, strategic reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, civilian affairs, psychological warfare, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and theater search and rescue.
Of all Britain's secret intelligence organisations, the least known is the PWE, developed to conduct psychological warfare against the Nazis.
Later, Israel introduced psychological warfare through 24-hour noise harassment.