Accession Number : ADA300222

Title :   Information Operations: A Look at Emerging Army Doctrine and its Operational Implications.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Doyle, Kevin J.

PDF Url : ADA300222

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This monograph discusses how the Information Revolution is leading the Revolution in Military Affairs. Specifically, it examines the operational implications of the changing information environment, the army's doctrinal response (Information Operations), and the utility of Information Operations. The monograph examines the information environment and concludes that it gives nations and military forces unprecedented capabilities to acquire, manipulate, process and disseminate information. This implies that military forces will become much more efficient in maneuver, fires, and protection of forces. It also implies that information can be used as a separate element of combat power to attack directly the enemy's will to fight, to bolster US and coalition support for military operations, or to attack an enemy's information system to prevent him from doing the same. Because of this environment, information operations is emerging as a new area of warfare, and information is commonly considered as a fifth element of combat power. The monograph then examines the army's doctrine for Information Operations (10). It finds that the army primarily treats 10 as a force multiplier which enables ground forces to maneuver, fire, and protect the force more efficiently, rather than implementing 10 as an element of combat power. The army doctrine does not detail the capabilities of the present force structure to support 10, and suggests creating no new force or task organization. The doctrine recommends an assistant staff officer in the operations staff section to synchronize 10, without detailing the responsibilities inherent. The doctrine credibly treats 10 as a supporting function which enables the force to develop the capability to execute simultaneous attack in depth.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, ENVIRONMENTS, INFANTRY, ATTACK, MANEUVERS, SYNCHRONISM.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE