Accession Number:

ADA525991

Title:

Black Lights: Chaos, Complexity, and the Promise of Information Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Arthur Clarke, a science fiction writer, stated that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Although his point may be quaint it bears directly on the debate over the revolution in military affairs RMA, which is long on description and short on explanation of future military technology. This is most evident in the promised wizardry of information warfare. The magical quality of information warfare stems from a vague understanding of the nature of information itself. Since rational discussion is predicated on the explanatory power of carefully chosen conceptual terminology, the RMA debate can be furthered only to the extent that the issues are viewed from a common framework. Such a critical perspective allows one to see the true limits and powers of information warfare. At the same time a closer look at information helps clarify two questions central to this debate How do information technologies create a revolution in the means and methods of waging war What objective criteria can help measure such revolutionary change

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE