Accession Number : ADA311887

Title :   Information Warfare: Implications for Forging the Tools.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Thrasher, Roger D.

PDF Url : ADA311887

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 160

Abstract : One part of the modern Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is the possibility of a new form of warfare-often called information warfare. Development of information warfare depends on technological advances, systems development and adaptation of operational approaches and organizational structures. This thesis assesses the implications of information warfare for the technology and systems development areas, with the underlying motivation of ensuring the military is postured to win the information warfare RMA through effective research, development and acquisition. This assessment takes place primarily through a 'Delphi' process designed to generate discussion between selected information warfare experts about the impacts of information warfare. This thesis concludes that information warfare is largely dependent on commercial information technology. This dependence means the military should rely on the commercial sector for most technological advances and products-with government research funds focused on military-unique research areas. Use of commercial items, coupled with DoD standard architectures, may enable a decentralization of information warfare acquisition to the user level. Finally, this dependence means the acquisition system should focus on architecture development, technology insertion, systems integration and on managing functions and services of systems-primarily through development of operational software to run on mostly commercial hardware.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRONIC WARFARE, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, COMMERCE, DETECTORS, ACQUISITION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, THESES, DATA ACQUISITION, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, USER NEEDS, MOTIVATION, ADAPTATION, DELPHI TECHNIQUES.

Subject Categories : Countermeasures

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE