Propaganda leaflets that talk and listen: The future of psychological operations?

To Inform is to Influence

Always striving to increase its effectiveness, the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is aiming to produce leaflets that can talk and listen. Part of a drive for more effective psychological operations (PSYOP), the project is in the early stages of development. SOCOM has managed to create a prototype that is capable of the above. But according to Ryan Brown, who is part of the acquisition team at SOCOM, the prototype is too expensive for mass production. That is the reason the command is reaching out to the industry.

According to a report by Defense One, SOCOM reached out to companies with a request for “printable electronics incorporating ‘flexible micro-circuitry’, a flexible speaker, and super-thin photovoltaic batteries.” The SOCOM specifications require the leaflet to be “printable in the field [in order to be] deployed or scattered across designated areas to broadcast information as well as provide feedback to…

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