The U.S. Department of State is hardly America’s sole player in the public diplomacy realm. For decades, the U.S. military has been at the forefront of America’s efforts to inform and influence public audiences abroad. Members of the United States Military are often the first Americans many foreign publics meet, and have a role in forging relationships and perceptions of America.
Whether one refers to Military Information Support Operations (MISO), psyop, strategic communication, or defense support to public diplomacy, the Department of Defense is conducting activities that loosely or completely qualify as public diplomacy.
This report analyzes the structure of military public diplomacy, explores the reasoning behind it, and examines a variety of case studies occurring since 2001. It also contains a list of best practices intended to improve its conduct.