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Unformatted text preview: ons, other than UW and foreign internal defense (FID), are shortterm operations. UW, however, involves long-term campaigns that require
operational art to put forces in space and time and integrate ends, ways, and means
from the tactical to the strategic levels that attain the desired strategic effects or U.S.
political or military objectives and end states. The sensitivity of the planned action
dictates the level of compartmentalization the United States must use to ensure
operational security. Parallel planning by all levels ensures that each level
understands how their mission integrates with the missions of other levels. PLANNING FOR UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE
3-1. UW operations have a fundamental psychological component in both execution and effects.
Consequently, UW planning should integrate MIS in all phases of the operation. MIS can develop,
maintain, and reinforce desired behaviors in target groups and individuals, while minimizing undesired
behaviors. MISO are the primary method of fulfilling the ARSOF imperative of anticipating and
controlling psychological effects. A key task of controlling psychological effects is ensuring that
populations in the unconventional warfare operational area (UWOA) understand that operations are for
their ultimate benefit, even if not immediately so. Failure to shape popular perceptions in ways that support
UW objectives leaves the operation vulnerable to enemy information operations that can adversely affect
even the best-planned and executed missions.
3-2. Planners must understand and distinguish between the resistance force’s conceptual campaign-like
activities and the Special Forces operational detachment’s (SFOD’s) immediate tactical operations, such as
infiltration and linkup with resistance forces. Planners base the conceptual portion of the plan on numerous
assumptions that they cannot confirm until after linkup with the resistance forces. Because of the
ambiguous nature of these types of operations, command involvement is critical.
3-3. During SFODA or SFODB...
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