The U.S. Air Force (USAF) continues to seek private-sector help in carrying out population "influence operations" and other forms of information warfare, according to a recently renewed call for research and development ideas on the topic. The Peacock Report (TPR) broke the story on the program in 2006, when it was discovered that the USAF was incorporating network disruption and defense R&D into areas such as "psychological operations, military deception, operations security, counterintelligence operations, counterpropoganda [sic] operations and public affairs operations." Although the agency had initially budgeted $40 million for the program, it has raised that total to about $50 million. It will accept "white papers" on potential R&D concepts through Dec. 31.
See Air Force Seeks to Creat Hybrid Infowar/Public Relations Technologies (TPR, 03/24/2006) for more information.