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Information: Ways and Means in Competition


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Since the Gulf War, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has worked to alter the status quo in the Western Pacific through strategies that integrate information to underpin its military modernization and three warfares campaigns. The PRCs aggressive use of information influences and coerces its targets by combining non-military means and backs them with aggressive military harassment. Since the end of the Cold War, information has been an afterthought as an instrument of national power because the United States Information Agency (USIA) was abolished as part of the post-Cold War peace dividend. For the U.S. to be effective in this renewed era of great power competition, it must reestablish the USIA to plan, direct, and coordinate information as a primary strategic means alongside the other instruments of national power. A reinvigorated USIA would cultivate political warfare capability and serve as the NCA's executive agent for information operations



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