Psychological Warfare Law and Legal Definition

Psychological warfare is the use of psychological plan of action to destroy the adversaries’ morale and to influence the mind of the enemy. The primary purpose of psychological warfare is to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives. Sometimes it is also used to bring on confessions or strengthen attitudes and behaviors that are favorable to the psychological warfare objectives. Psychological warfare is known by many other names such as PSYWAR, Psy Ops, Political Warfare, “Hearts and Minds,” and Propaganda.