Accession Number:

ADA504932

Title:

Assessing the Effects of Computer Network and Electronic Attack: Does Joint Doctrine Measure Up?

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-04

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The nature of todays combat operations, coupled with the ascendancy of the Information Domain as the key ideological battleground, dictates that U.S. forces shift from kinetic to non-kinetic means to achieve operational objectives. The current operating environment demands our forces to operate more jointly than in past operations, especially with regard to information operations IO. Two sub-disciplines of IO, computer network attack CNA and electronic attack EA, are often the means of choice to affect U.S. adversaries. With CNA and EA constantly evolving and being employed more often, it is appropriate to ask the following question Does joint doctrine adequately support the assessment of these means A careful examination of pertinent joint doctrine reveals that, on the whole, joint doctrine does provide enough guidance to support assessment at the operational level. Practitioners of CNA and EA have mixed views of the usefulness of joint doctrine, but it is still consulted as definitive guidance for the roles and responsibilities of assessment functions. What joint doctrine lacks is consistent guidance for assessment in IO sub-disciplines like CNA and EA. Adding and expanding material covering assessment concepts and challenges unique to CNA and EA will significantly enhance joint doctrines usefulness to warfighters at the operational level of war.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Countermeasures

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE