The concept of perception management or influencing with words is not always embraced in the Armed Forces and certainly was not in an organization as kinetic-based as CJSOTF-AP. However, after five years of lethal operations military planners at every level were forced to re-evaluate the need for such force and ultimately place more emphasis on non-kinetic effects.
This type of research and eventual knowledge gave me a chance to support PSYOP with relevant timely intelligence and bring a PSYOP perspective to CJSOTF-AP. This dual support ultimately meant job security for me.
She deployed with D/9th PSYOP Battalion as the Company Intelligence Officer attached to the 5th Special Forces Group in support of CJSOTF-AP, OIF IV.