Accession Number:

ADA463228

Title:

Information Operations: A Conceptual Perspective for Staff Organization and Force Employment

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-17

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The Joint Force Commander JFC lacks an adequate information operations IO conceptual framework. Current definitions derived from various service perspectives have hampered his ability to effectively implement an IO strategy in an efficient manner. A different IO conceptual framework, when combined with appropriate definitions, will allow the JFC to more effectively and efficiently organize and employ forces to accomplish IO objectives. This paper suggests a different perspective that recognizes all military capabilities as potential contributors to an IO strategy, and recommends appropriate definitions to help redefine the traditional roles of the information operations and information warfare officers. The new conceptual framework improves effectiveness by allowing the JFC to employ any military activity or capability in an IO strategy specifically focused on the unique decision space of friendly and adversary forces. Efficiency is obtained through a staff organization that reflects this reality. The IO officer becomes a special advisor to the commanding officer, with expertise in integrating military actions and activities to shape the decision space. His staff is augmented based on JFC mission objectives and associated priorities. The information warfare IW officer is a warfare specialist capable of fighting in the information domain. He can function within an IO cell or support other battlespace activities as a member of the operations staff.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE