Accession Number : ADA307348

Title :   The Role of Information Warfare: Truth and Myths.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Harley, Jeffrey A.

PDF Url : ADA307348

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The rapid growth in information technologies has generated three myths of information warfare: omniscience, obsolescence of armed forces, and information itself as a new center of gravity. Unfortunately, this obscures the true role of information technologies in better integrating information at all levels of warfare as well as creating an enhanced capability in synthesizing information with the better placement of ordnance on target. Information thus serves as a force multiplier and is best seen as a critical strength or vulnerability dependent upon the ability to exploit any information differential that may exist between opposing forces. At the same time, information technologies have had a pronounced effect upon the operational commander by enhancing and limiting mission planning, necessitating more complex information filtering, and through altering the commander's ability to execute a mission in a decentralized manner.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *INFORMATION THEORY, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, WARFARE, HIGH RATE, MISSION PROFILES, SYNTHESIS, GROWTH(GENERAL), VULNERABILITY, LIMITATIONS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, STRENGTH(GENERAL), ORDNANCE, OBSOLESCENCE.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE