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NATO Operations Planners' PSYOPS Course

Conducted by HIED


The aim of this course is to provide students with foundational knowledge on the contribution of PSYOPS to NATO-led operations and NATO PSYOPS operational planning procedures.


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Restricted Rel PfP MD EUMS
Discipline: STC - Strategic Communications
Area: PO - Psychological Operations
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: ACT.303
ETOC Code: STC-PO-2528

Admin note

This course has been cancelled and will be replaced by a new PSYOPS Course due delivery 10-21 Jul 23

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Learning Objectives

Introduction to NATO PSYOPS Policy and Doctrine and the History of Influence: Given a set of references, students will summarize NATOs main reference documents for PSYOPS and the overarching functions of information operations and strategic communication in accordance with NATO policy and doctrine

NATO PSYOPS and its Relation to Other Disciplines: Given a set of references and lectures, students will describe the communications related disciplines and how they support effective military psychological operations.

Application of ACO COPD: Given a scenario, the student will, as part of a team, apply the contents of the NATO PSYOPS Doctrine in relation to the requirements of the Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive in accordance with COPD.

PSYOPS Approval, Countering Propaganda, Digital Outreach and Legal Aspects: Given reference, students will demonstrate techniques to counter propaganda and use social media for PSYOPS while recognizing the legal implications of PSYOPS planning.

Assessment of PSYOPS in Current NATO Operations and Measurement of Effectiveness: Given case studies, students will describe the different methods and models for qualitative and quantitative measurement of progress and apply them to PSYOPS.

National PYSOPS Capabilities: Provided a set of lectures from mentoring staff and selected students, students will describe the different national PSYOPS capabilities and approaches to influence activities.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-1 through OF-5) and NCOs (OR-7 through OR-9), or civilian equivalent who are assigned to a NATO or PfP Headquarters or Agency, NATO / PfP, or a Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs department, or subordinate military headquarters.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-7 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


This two-week course is comprised of six modules which build upon each other according to a systematic approach to comprehensive operations planning as well as NATO PSYOPS. Within each module, discrete steps in the process are first explained, demonstrated, and then practiced by students during breakout sessions. General topics will be illustrated with in-class lectures, examples, and exercises. Students will work as part of a team to deliver products for each phase of the COPD.

Further Information

This is a two week course