The Portuguese Military University Institute conducted between 21st January and 1st February, the 17th edition of the PSYOPS Planners Course. The course aim is to provide basic knowledge to allow students to perform staff duties at Operational level as PSYOPS planners.
This edition was attended by 24 students: 21 Portuguese officers, 1 officer from the Italian Navy and 2 civilians, one of them from Italy.
The course consisted in a theoretical part and a planning exercise. Beside the doctrinal lectures, this year edition was composed by a visit to a media center and several lectures delivered by experts on psychology, sociology, branding, social media and marketing. This edition, the course had the participation of the commander of Grupo de Operaciones de Información II from the Spanish Army and Col (R) Jack Guy a distinguish Regiment PSYOPS from the USA who highlighted the relevance of this type of operations nowadays.
“PsyOps in the Spanish Army” - LTCOL (Spain) Francisco Lopez
“Social Media – weapon of influence” - Paulo Rossas, Head of Social Media, creative agency J. Walter Thompson
“21st Century Information Operations Planning: It’s an omelette!” – COL (RET) (USA) Jack Guy
Some lectures had several attendees beside the course students