U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) conducts operations, activities, and investments across the Area of Responsibility (AOR) to include Operation Inherent Resolve, Resolute Support, and the U.S. Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. USCENTCOM activities consist of extensive cooperation and engagement with our regional partners including partner and coalition exercises, combined interoperability training, professional education, senior military interaction, security assistance, humanitarian assistance, and other traditional military activities. This level of activity mandates building strong relationships with regional leaders and maintaining access to facilities within the AOR.
USCENTCOM conducts Military Information Support Operations (MISO) in the AOR to inform regional audiences and counter adversarial influence. These operations support command and U.S. Government efforts to ensure freedom of movement through global commons, promote regional stability, and increase partner nation capabilities and cooperation. MISO are also conducted to deter state-sponsored conventional attacks, mitigate malign influence, counter the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, disrupt regional and trans-regional terrorist organizations, and show U.S. resolve against adversaries within the region including ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Iranian Threat Network (ITN) and its proxies and surrogates. These MISO activities support USCENTCOM's assigned military missions, are coordinated with U.S. government agencies, and implemented in accordance with U.S. Public Law and Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance.
USCENTCOM conducts Joint and Combined exercises with partners throughout the AOR from Company level thru C/JTF in order to sustain warfighting capability and interoperability across multiple common platforms. These mil-to-mil activities support a broad U.S. peacetime engagement strategy which also allows the sharing of best practices and demonstrating U.S. commitment and resolve to the region.
Information related capabilities such as MISO, have been developed and refined over decades, providing USCENTCOM and the DoD with the best high-impact and low-cost investment to deter aggression, counter destabilizing behavior, and decrease the potential for escalation. USCENTCOM synchronizes actions and information. The truthful nature of MISO makes it a key enabler, employed primarily through use of terrestrial and satellite television, print media, radio, text messages, social media, messaging applications, and the internet.
USCENTCOM conducts MISO to degrade our adversaries' capability and intent to harm U.S. service members and our interests in the region by influencing adversarial decision-making, countering disinformation, amplifying U.S. resolve and deterring acts of aggression promulgated by state actors, namely: Iran, Russia, China, Syria, and their regional surrogates. MISO activities principally focus on audiences located in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Oman and Yemen in coordination with the Department of State and regional partners. These USCENTCOM MISO efforts are expected to start in early-2021 and continue for at least the next 12 months.