nam wrote:The issue is we are neither USAF nor IsAF, who have proven track record of "showing" destruction of targets. So even if they openly lie, not many will doubt it.
So you get that support from "willing" analysts. Do folks seriously think the USAF and IDFAF play by the book during a conflict and not get their POV out by hook or crook. From embedded reporters to the myth of Israeli invincibility via books, articles, documentaries, both sides maintain a ready stock of willing supporters. Does anyone seriously believe random Aussie and other OSINT type folks suddenly woke up to do an analysis on Balakote and did such a shoddy effort, and ISPR had nothing to do with it? Thing is they do it. We walk around with stiff upper lips.
Info war is about providing enough material to make something look true, even if it is a lie. We cannot always do that with circumstantial evidence and technical points, which regular people don't understand. Professional forces will have their own criteria for BDA, but for the regular public, there needs to some obvious material like Videos & Images.
90% of all the BVR type kills shown on Discovery channel etc are based off of technical claims. No professional AF had the time or energy or ability to accurately map BVR kills or bomb attacks, beyond what their sensors show. Yet they are reconstructed with a willing suspension of disbelief.
You need to put out enough information for the professionals to say "hmmm makes sense", not give out anything classified and also additional corroborating information. Add all that with fancy graphics, and that's good enough for the lay person.
By not doing so, IAF lost its opportunity.
Granted IAF was preparing for a war and all this info war needs may not have been in their mind. I was hoping IAF would release night take off of M2K, going to their mission to bomb Balakot. Or even some video of the intense flying that happened after that.
Every new war by NATO starts with fighters taking off from their airbases or aircraft carriers (or tomahawk launches), on BBC. CNN, France TV etc..
Even the Russians show off CM launches in Syria by their large birds.
Launches alone won't do the trick. The aim is to have a narrative. See the surgical strikes videos. They do it quite well. Why were certain politicians in India so upset with those videos?
Because once India released those videos, their ability to spread FUD went.
PAF put its pilots on stage to do a song and dance. We couldn't even run videos with their faces blurred talking a suitably sanitized version of what went on in during those days of conflict.
When somebody searches for the Indo Pak fight on Feb 27th and the 26th, whom do you think will be found easier on YT and will be seen more widely.