Accession Number : ADA297904

Title :   A Combatant Commander's Organizational View of Information Warfare/Command and Control Warfare.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Sexton, Joanne

PDF Url : ADA297904

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : Information warfare and Command and Control Warfare (C2W) are widely recognized as describing how the United States will fight its future wars. Of the two, information warfare remains undefined; whereas, C2W is finely detailed and fully defined in joint publications. Despite the inadequate information warfare definition, the combatant commanders have created an Information Warfare/C2W organizational cell built around the five elements of C2W (OP SEC, Deception, PSYOP, EW, and Destruction). From this stepping stone, the combatant commanders will evolve into a more comprehensive strategy to incorporate information warfare. An essential step to this evolution is the need for the combatant commander to fully understand the ramifications of the following Information Warfare/C2W issues and questions: (1) Why the United States must have a national information policy; (2) What organization should take the lead if the continental United States suffers a devastating, widespread information warfare attack; (3) What is the role of information warfare during peacetime; (4) Who should take the military information warfare lead; (5) Who should have the responsibility to prevent redundant information warfare programs; (6) What should the national security guidance be on black programs; and, (7) How should C2-protect programs be improved. When solved, these seven issues will dictate what future organization and role the military will have in information warfare. The key for the combatant commander is to comprehend these seven issues and seek to shape their solution. (AN)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, PEACETIME, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, THREAT EVALUATION, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY PLANNING, DECEPTION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE