Waging Information Warfare. Making the Connection Between Information and Power in a Transformed World.
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper discusses the emerging ways, means, and ends of offensive information Warfare IW. IW is seen as being conducted in a distinctly unique dimension, however, inextricably linked to time, space, and physical force. The context of major geo-social transformation from the proliferation and convergence of powerful information technologies is shown as an underlying theme for change in joint-military operations. The nature of IW is viewed as interwoven in a highly interactive geo-social-technical tapestry- -including various layers of organized conflict war organisms, represented by an overall system of functional subsystems physical, mental, spirit. The relationships among physical force, information, and will are deemed essential to leveraging information for appropriate and useful operational effects. The nature of 1W and the relationships among the functional subsystems are presented as creating potential for a new level of warfare synergy. Controlling an information continuum of information--knowledge--capability is seen as the key to generating information-based military power. New potential high value target sets are revealed that demand unique understanding and orientation--including a full development of IW beyond the current military interpretation as Command Control Warfare C2W. A comprehensive view of offensive IW is presented in terms of target development, weaponeering, military options, and organizing for action.
- Information Science
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Radio Communications