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.
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; mitigate malign influence; counter Weapons of Mass Destruction; promote regional stability, improve Partner Nation capabilities cooperation; show U.S. resolve 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 ITN proxies and surrogates, ISIS, Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Information Related Capabilities, which have been developed and refined over numerous years, provide USCENTCOM and the DoD with the best high impact and low cost investment to deter aggression, counter destabilizing behavior, and decrease the potential need for direct action operations. USCENTCOM combines actions and information by employing MISO activities, primarily through use of terrestrial and satellite television, print media, radio, text messages, social media, and the internet. Additionally, USCENTCOM will conduct MISO to degrade our adversary’s capability and intent to harm U.S. service members and our interests in the region. These efforts will provide USCENTCOM with the ability to influence adversarial decision-making, counter disinformation, ad deter acts of hostile aggression promulgated by state actors namely: Iran, Russia and Syria, and their regional surrogates. These activities will principally focus on audiences residing in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Oman and Yemen. USCENTCOM MISO efforts are expected to start in mid-2019 and continue for at least the next 12 months.