Somehow I had missed some leaflet planning considerations over the past few years.
…shortfall on leaflet dispersal capability will jeopardize Air Force Central Command information operations,” said Earl Johnson, B-52 PDU-5/B project manager. The “Buff” can carry 16 PDU-5s under the wings, making it able to distribute 900,000 leaflets in a single sortie.
That’s a lot of paper.
Discussing leaflet drops the other night with a pilot set me straight on the latest methods and he emphasized some recent capability for computerized micro-target leaflet fall paths. It sounded too good to be true. I still imagine stuff floating everywhere randomly like snowflakes.
Then again he might have been pulling my leg, given how we were talking about psyops, or the person telling him.
Speaking of psyops, OpenAI is said to have leaked their monster into the world. We’re warned already it could unleash targeted text at scale even a B-52 couldn’t touch:
…extremist [use of OpenAI tools] to create ‘synthetic propaganda’ that would allow them to automatically generate long text promoting white supremacy or jihadist Islamis…
And perhaps you can see where things right now are headed with this information dissemination race?
U.S. seen as ‘exporter of white supremacist ideology,’ says counterterrorism official
Can B-52s leaflet America fast enough to convince domestic terrorists to stop generating their AI-based long texts promoting white supremacist ideology?