Accession Number : ADA443792


Title :   The Information Instrument of Statecraft in a Globalized World


Descriptive Note : Essay


Corporate Author : NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Brockman, Leslie W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a443792.pdf


Report Date : 14 Sep 1998


Pagination or Media Count : 14


Abstract : The world is in the midst of an information revolution brought on by dizzying advances in computer and telecommunications technology. This information explosion is drawing societies closer together to the point that anyone with a computer, modem, and telephone can communicate with distant societies in a matter of minutes. Instant availability of information from around the globe presents new opportunities and challenges for American statecraft and for the instruments of policy. Information is more than raw data. For information to be useable it must be managed -- processed into something recognizable and useful for decision-making (knowledge). In the context of state-to-state and public diplomacy, knowledge is packaged and communicated between state and non-state actors as a means to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Knowledge and the means to communicate that knowledge are the critical attributes of information as an instrument of statecraft. This paper will focus on how the information instrument of statecraft stands out as a powerful tool and critical component of state-to-state and public diplomacy. It will highlight characteristics of the information instrument of policy, strengths and weaknesses of the instrument, and implications for American foreign policy.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , *CIVILIAN POPULATION , *INFORMATION PROCESSING , *GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS , *PUBLIC OPINION , NATIONAL SECURITY , RADIO BROADCASTING , POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , DEMOCRACY , MASS MEDIA , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , INTERNET , COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS , SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS , TARGETING


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Computer Systems
      Radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE