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Mmmmmm.. WHY PUBLIC AFFAIRS?  Public Affairs personnel provide a public information service detailing or highlinghting newsworthy reports to the general public......... so in order to keep the general public informed of developments within 'their' military, and so thus justifying military expenditure and overtly aggressive foreign policy.  All modern military campaigns require constant funding through government channels.  Public support for a war is essentuial if it is to succeed.  Public don't want to see body bags and have a high expectation that war is quick, and results in a positve outcome for their country. The feel good factor at home is important, as well as the major morale function that the PA Corps provides within the Armed Forces.


In democratic arsenals PA directs information campaigns to the public on military issues, whilst PSYOPS directs information camapigns at the enemy. In non-democratic arsenals Military PR + PSYOPS functions are blurred - they tend to be one and the same thing. This is an over exageration to some extents, as many democratic nations try to mange to the role of PA and PSYOP in unique ways'' - using terminology like operational communication, information support and corporate communication.


To many a visitor one may question why one associates the clean art of Public Affairs with PSYOPS.  What one needs to understand is that PSYOPS is also a clean art - it is just directed at the enemy. Propagated messages are tainted by the negative association with Propaganda and the Nazi Proapagnda Machine of WWII.  Modern PSYOPS Forces use truth as their communication vehicle.  Deception and Propaganda are seperate entities.  

Interestingly enough many senior Generals within the US Armed Forces are calling for US Army PA to come under direct control of PSYOPS. An interesting view.





The Defense Information School, or DINFOS, is a DoD school located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Members from all branches of the military and DoD civilians attend DINFOS for training in Public Affairs, Print Journalism, Photojournalism, Photography, Television and Radio Broadcasting, Lithography, Equipment maintenance and various forms of Multimedia.


 Distinctive unit insignia, Defense Information School



Armed Forces Information School circa 1951.

redesignated Army Information School 1955.

1964 Defense Information School 

The Soldiers Media Center


It serves as the US Army's integrated communications network to plan, direct and synchronize the production and execution of the Army's internal information and outreach efforts in order to inform the Army and the American people to foster awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Army.


The Strategy is to integrate the Army's communications efforts through synchronization of Command Information, broadcast, and outreach functions to develop a global information matrix for creation, acquisition, and dissemination of a tailored and targeted Army story.


U.S. Army Soldiers Media Center Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

U.S. Army Soldiers Media Center Distinctive Unit Insignia


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Distinguished Unit Insignia



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