United States Air Force Information Operations Doctrine: Is It Relevant?
Master's thesis 6 Aug 1999-2 Jun 2000
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examines the relevancy of US Air Force USAF IO doctrine, organization and training to accomplishing the Air Forces missions. This study evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of USAF 10 doctrine as compared to joint doctrine and current thoughts being considered by civilian theorist and foreign nations. The discussion provides the background for answering the primary thesis research question Is Air Force IO doctrine, organization and training relevant in todays IO environment To adequately analyze the answer to this question, the author provides a definition of relevancy, and defines the elements that constitute the current IO environment. These definitions provide the framework upon which to evaluate the USAFs efforts in developing IO doctrine, training and organization. IO provide the edge our military needs to counter the threat of cyberwarfare, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The USAF must expand its capability to defend its information and information systems while simultaneously developing air power tools that contribute to the Joint Force Commanders theater IO objectives. Incorporating IO into USAF operations is the only way to maintain our edge in todays environment.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics