The report also outlines how propaganda works. In war zones such as Afghanistan, the military deploys three- and four-soldier MISO teams to drop leaflets telling insurgents how to surrender, air radio broadcasts "to explain U.S. military operations in a favorable light," collect local propaganda and devise counterpropaganda, according to the report.
In safer countries, teams of two to 10 special forces soldiers are deployed at the request of combatant commanders and ambassadors. They lead programs that include helping "instill confidence by local populations in their law enforcement" and offering rewards for information.
Tom Vanden Brook, USATODAY
4:57 p.m. EDT May 23, 2013
- Series of Pentagon-run websites not coordinated with other efforts
- Pentagon runs propaganda operations in 22 countries
- The GAO did not release the report publicly