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Department of Defense, Visual Information (VI) (DoD Instruction 5040.02) (Oct. 27, 2011) (full-text).


It is DoD policy that visual information (VI) shall be viewed and used as an essential information resource and a supporting capability for strategic communication. VI aids the DoD public affairs (PA) community in providing information to the public concerning DoD operations and programs; contributes to public diplomacy (PD) objectives; provides strategic and operational supporting capability to information operations (IO); aids operational planning and decision making and is critical to effective and efficient training; is fundamental to the historical and evidentiary record of DoD activities and actions; and supports DoD business operations and facilitates other critical DoD functions.