Accession Number : ADA307354

Title :   Weapons of Mass Disruption For the Operational Info-Warrior.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Killam, Timothy B.

PDF Url : ADA307354

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The technological advances of the information age have the potential for drastically altering contemporary ideas about power and its application. Future conflict and warfare have become inextricably intertwined with the information realm of cyberspace. Information Warfare (IW) is the logical extension of applying new and unconventional technologies to power projection and national defense. However, 1W is not merely propaganda, command and control warfare (C2W), nor even simply a force multiplier in the operational toolbox. It is a way to control and attack the enemy's Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action (OODA) loop. Instead of physically removing his 'center of gravity' C2 loop as in C2W and making him deaf, dumb, and blind, 1W seeks to manipulate the OODA and the cyberspace in which it exists to make the enemy deaf, dumb, and blind to anything except that which we permit him to hear, say, or see. The Weapons of Mass Disruption (WMD) provide a new and unique capability to render the enemy's operational forces impotent by short circuiting the OODA loop and controlling the enemy's decisions and hence his courses of action. When combined with traditional military operations in a conventional war or OOTW, the effect can be quick, devastating, and decisive.

Descriptors :   *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, *INFORMATION THEORY, WEAPONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, MASS, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, POWER, NATIONAL DEFENSE, PROPAGANDA.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE