Influence operations, also known as psychological ops or information ops, regards the information a country obtains on their adversaries. Two former Pentagon officials in charge of special operations policies are claiming there was little oversight, and that no one actually knew who was in charge. Currently there is no one person in command of influence operations in the U.S, with it instead being spread out to include the Joint Staff’s J3 directorate and Special Operations Command’s Joint MISO WebOps Center. The assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict is the top civilian official involved in the policies. These two former officials believe the position should be elevated to an undersecretary role in order to create a unified front with clear direction.
The Crossroads of Special Operations