Military Psychological Operations: Ethics and Policy Considerations

  • Mark Zelcer
  • Garrett VanPelt
  • Devin Casey


This chapter addresses some basic ethical questions about psychological operations (PSYOP). It defines PSYOP, then compares and contrasts it with both conventional military activities and contemporary information warfare. Then it briefly clarifies emerging public policy problems, outlines relevant legal particularities, and offers general policy considerations with regard to ethical considerations in its employment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Zelcer
    • 1
  • Garrett VanPelt
    • 2
  • Devin Casey
    • 3
  1. 1.SUNY OswegoOswegoUSA
  2. 2.Defense Institute of International Legal StudiesWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.National Archives and Records AdministrationCollege ParkUSA

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