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Future Operating Concept - Joint Computer Network Operations

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Technical Report

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The conduct of operations in Cyberspace1 represents the adaptation of enduring truths to emerging threats2 prescribed by CJCS and relies on a strategy of achieving information superiority3 in the battlespace. Information Operations Info-Ops provides the framework for success by translating superior decision making into a competitive advantage4 for the Joint Force Commander JFC. The key principles of joint information operations are the synergy of three categories of Info-Ops capabilities core, supported, and related to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own5.The core Info-Ops capabilities available are electronic warfare EW, computer network operations CNO, psychological operations PSYOP, military deception MILDEC, and operational security OPSEC. Each core capability is independently focused on achieving critical operational effects or preventing the adversary from accomplishing its desired effects by integrating with supported and related capabilities.

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