The Special Operations Command wants to buy a radio broadcast system capable of searching for and acquiring every AM and FM radio station in a specific area, and then broadcast messages in the target area on all acquired AM and FM radio station frequencies.
This is part of the command’s psychological warfare mission -- blandly renamed Military Information Support Operations in 2010 -- and I imagine the command wants to use the AM-FM broadcast gear to pump out population influencing messages to a target audience.
SOCOM should not try to do this during the soccer World Cup.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.