Information as Power: An Anthology of Selected United States Army War College Student Papers. Volume 3
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Information in Warfare Working Group I2WG of the U.S. Army War College USAWC is pleased to present this anthology of selected student work from Academic Year 2008 representing examples of well-written and in-depth analyses on the vital subject of information as power. This is the third volume of an effort that began in 2006. The I2WG charter calls for it to coordinate and recommend the design, development and integration of content and courses related to the information element of power into the curriculum to prepare students for senior leadership positions. This publication is an important component of that effort. The current information environment has leveled the playing field for not only nation-states, but non-state actors, multinational corporations and even individuals to affect strategic outcomes with minimal information infrastructure and little capital expenditure. Adversary use of information as an asymmetric strategic means has been extremely effective in the current theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand, the U.S. military has increasingly leveraged advances in information infrastructure and technology to gain advantages on the modern battlefield. Clearly managing the message while controlling the necessary technological means represent critical challenges in today s information environment. We hope that this anthology will serve not only to showcase the efforts of the College but to inform the broader body of knowledge as the Nation struggles to operate effectively within this environment and to counter current and potentially future adversaries who so effectively exploit it.
- Information Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics