9 Dec. Washington Times - Inside the Ring.

U.S. Special Operations Command is planning a major information-operation campaign against terrorists worldwide.

It has awarded contracts to three private firms, Sy Coleman, Science Applications International Corp., and the Lincoln Group to come up with prototypes for countering militant Islamic propaganda.

"Under the contracts the individual companies will apply their expertise and creative skills in developing recommendations for possible information campaigns," said Col. Samuel Taylor, a Socom spokesman. "These recommendations could include all forms of information modes to include radio, television, print [articles and art], Web media and novelty/specialty items [buttons, water bottles, bumper stickers etc.]. The intent is to give the companies the creative license to explore all avenues and approaches. Psychological operations is an assigned special operations activity by which special operations forces provide approved, truthful information to foreign audiences."