Rethinking Defensive Information Warfare
GENERAL DYNAMICS OAKTON VA
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Although the origins of information warfare lie in the defense of critical computer systems, defensive information warfare DIW per se has advanced little beyond an information assurance model. Information assurance is an integral part of any military organizations operations, but it falls far short of meeting the needs for robust defense of critical command-and-control C2 computer networks against a sophisticated adversary. By looking at the ways that militaries have responded to challenging defensive situations in the past, some insights can be made into the nature of IW and potential application of conventional operations. This paper examines defensive tactics and strategies from the German defense in depth that emerged from World War I to the American Active Defense that developed in the Cold War and proposes a new mindset for DIW that draws on these operational concepts from military history.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems