Accession Number : AD1015819

Title :   Information Control: Preserving the Advantage

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s) : Beard,Casey M

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 202

Abstract : The world has changed, and so must the character of war. The US defense establishment remains rooted in a paradigm that emerged after the dissolution of its long-term rival, the Soviet Union. However, prevailing assumptions underscoring Americas approach to power projection and employment are quickly losing their relevance. After the Cold War, the world witnessed mass proliferation and commercialization of information systems, creating complex (and man-made) information environments upon which US national security now wholly depends. Moreover, this reliance developed in a relatively permissive operational environment, raising expectations on the availability of information networks and subsequently shaping US defense policy, strategy, and doctrine. As the twenty-first century progresses, potential adversarieshaving spent decades observing US operationsnow have the capacity to neutralize US advantages, particularly through the denial or disruption of space and cyberspace networks, the backbone of information environments, or infospheres.

Descriptors :   military organizations , treaties , international relations , military history , international law , globalization , intelligence community (united states) , information systems , information exchange , secure communications , military strategy , military force levels , unified combatant commands , contingency operations (military)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE