As part of the Military Information Support Command’s ongoing military-to- military relationship building efforts, the 4th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) hosted a delegation from the Special Operations Command — Central and the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defense psychological operations forces at Fort Bragg.
Four members from the Kazakhstani PSYOP unit, along with two representatives from SOCCENT, recently visited the 4th MISG (A). The visit introduced the Kazakhstani’s to U.S. Military Information Support Operations capabilities. The delegates also discussed future training opportunities. This event and future MISO training are being conducted in conjunction with the Warsaw Initiative Fund Program, which is a bilateral U.S. security cooperation program that provides support to developing countries that are members of the NATO Partnership for Peace program. WIF is the primary tool the Department of Defense uses to advance defense reform and institutions building in PfP partner countries, improve the interoperability of partner countries with U.S. and NATO, and promote partner country integration and accession to NATO.
Within the Kazakhstani military, PSYOP forces and capabilities are relatively new, with the first unit being formed less than two years ago, under the direction of the minister of defense. Members from SOCCENT and the 4th MISG (A) conducted the first information exchange event to Kazakhstan in January 2013 during which time current Kazakhstani PSYOP capabilities and force structure were discussed.
Opportunities like these represent unique opportunities for both US and partner nation special operations forces to exchange information and ideas, as well as develop a deeper cultural understanding. Furthermore, mil-to-mil events such as these are critical components of the relationship building between nations that aid in the understanding and interoperability of both U.S. and partner nation SOF elements.