Accession Number : AD1018557

Title :   Influence Operations and the Internet: A 21st Century Issue. Legal, Doctrinal and Policy Challenges in the Cyber World

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Keller,Rebecca A

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Report Date : 17 Feb 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The conduct of information operations (IO), which includes military deception (MILDEC) and psychological operations (PSYOP), by the United States military, is based on both doctrinal precedence and operational necessity. The increasing use of cyber technology and the internet in executing IO missions offers technological advantages while simultaneously being a minefield fraught with legal and cultural challenges. Using Joint and Air Force doctrinal publications, published books, and academic papers, this thesis first defines relevant terminology and then identifies current operational and legal constraints in the execution of IO using cyber technology. It concludes with recommended remediation actions to enhance the use of the internet as a military IO tool in todays cyber world

Descriptors :   internet , military forces (united states) , culture , military doctrine , military personnel , technology forecasting , military operations , information operations , national security , international law , information warfare , denial of service attack , mobile phones , unified combatant commands , psychological operations , policies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE