Netwar: The Other Side of Information Warfare
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The JCS recognition of Information Warfare as an important area of concern has resulted in the promulgation of policy for development of the Command and Control Warfare C2W concept. However, while intended to be employed across the spectrum of conflict, C2W is oriented more toward military objectives and lacks completeness as a strategy when viewed against the plethora of future national security threats. In many of these instances, use of military force may not always be an effective or credible expression of national power for the theater CINC when executing his Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan responsibilities. The network or Netwar concept complements C2W as an Information Warfare strategy which can provide a vehicle for action in scenarios where application of military force is not appropriate andor during operations other than war. To be effective, the Netwar strategy requires coordination of all elements of national power to counter and neutralize the power of network adversaries. Application of Netwar in support of non-military Flexible Deterrent Options provides a framework for analysis.