U.S. Central Command activities include current operations, Operation Inherent Resolve, Resolute Support, and the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. USCENTCOM activities also include combined exercises, security assistance, combined training, combined education, military contacts, humanitarian assistance, and other activities. This level of activity mandates maintaining access to facilities and building strong relationships with regional leaders.
Joint and Coalition exercises provide the framework upon which components build warfighting capability and support USCENTCOM. Exercises include training at all levels, from company small unit tactics to large-scale multi-national exercises.
Military-to-military contact also supports a peacetime engagement strategy by improving relations with countries in the area of responsibility through seminars, and individual and small group meetings. This interaction allows for discussion of issues, develops individual relationships, and builds trust, confidence, and cohesion between the U.S. military and the militaries of countries throughout the AOR.
Throughout 2019, USCENTCOM will conduct Military Information Support Operations (MISO) to support Department of Defense (DOD) strategic communications to maintain freedom of movement; access and flow of global commerce; deter state-sponsored conventional attacks and mitigate malign influence; counter Weapons of Mass Destruction; promote regionally stability and improve Partner Nation capabilities and cooperation; and disrupt regional and trans-regional terrorist organizations. These MISO activities support USCENTCOM's assigned military missions and are coordinated with U.S. government agencies and implemented in accordance with U.S. Code and DOD policies. MISO activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria focus on delegitimizing and dispelling ISIS falsehoods; countering extremist narratives; deterring and degrading malign foreign influence; providing factual information aimed at avoiding and reducing civilian casualties; degrading and reducing terrorist acts and recruitment of adversaries such as ISIS, Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Information Operations capabilities, developed and refined over the last two years, provide USCENTCOM and the Department of Defense with the best high impact and low cost investment to deter aggression, counter destabilizing behavior, and decrease the potential for direct action operations requirements. USCENTCOM combines actions and information by employing MISO activities, primarily using terrestrial and satellite television, print media, radio, text messages, social media, and through the internet to conduct robust, synchronized information operations in order to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp our adversary’s decision-making. These dissemination platforms are necessary to counter, deter, and degrade external and destabilizing malign influence, misinformation, and disinformation promulgated by state actors, state sponsors of terrorism, and non-state actors and their surrogates who conduct violent acts on unarmed civilians, undermining USCENTCOM objectives across the AOR, such as: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Russia, Iran and Syria.
These activities will principally focus on audiences residing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.