Military Information Support Operations
The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), through its Components and Joint Task Forces, conducts persistent Military Information Support Operations (MISO) throughout the Area of Responsibility, specifically in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. USSOUTHCOM also conducts internet-based MISO.
These activities are designed to strengthen partnerships and to counter global and regional threats, consistent with mutual Partner Nation (PN) and U.S. security strategies and objectives. MISO forces work in conjunction with PNs security forces in the region, and use a variety of means to enable USSOUTHCOM to attain Commander’s Campaign Plan objectives and to influence select foreign audiences in accordance with desired attitudes and behavior. These means include but are not limited to public engagements, terrestrial and satellite television, radio, print products, text messages, social media and websites. These MISO activities are coordinated with U.S. government agencies and implemented in accordance with U.S. Code and DoD policies.
USSOUTHCOM is also working with its partners in Colombia, Peru, and Panama to offer and pay rewards for information that enables the disruption of terrorist threats or contributes to the force protection of U.S. and PN security forces. USSOUTHCOM MISO efforts are ongoing and will continue for at least the next 12 months.
(Updated Jan. 24, 2020)