Using more mercenaries, unmanned vehicles and elite forces could make the British public more willing to support future wars, given such losses do not rile the press as do deaths of regular soldiers, a strategic unit of the Ministry of Defence suggests. In an internal discussion paper on how to sway “casualty averse” public opinion, the MoD development, concepts and doctrine centre (DCDC) also recommends lessening the public profile of repatriation ceremonies for war casualties.
The document, written in November 2012 and obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of
Information Act, regards how public opinion of wartime
casualties can be manipulated. It also recommends the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have “a clear
and constant information campaign in order to influence the major
areas of press and public opinion.”