Accession Number : ADA312020

Title :   Information Warfare, Organizing for Action.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Crew, Benjamin F.

PDF Url : ADA312020

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : The armed forces of the United States have recognized the potential importance of Information Warfare (IW) and have defined it as it will apply to military operations. It now remains for them to identify and implement an optimum organizational structure at the regional unified command level to develop, plan, synchronize and employ it effectively. Official publications recommend an 'IW cell' made up members from the J3, J6 and J2 directorates of the CINCs staff. Any such organization needs unity of command, unity of effort and uniformity between the commands to succeed. Alternative organizational structures include a separate staff element, a single DoD Agency or service in charge, or a new functional unified combatant command--USINFOCOM. Although none of the organizations offers a solution that is totally acceptable, USINFOCOM may be the best alternative. That solution can only be implemented, however, after careful consideration of the way in which IW is to be viewed--as a force multiplier or as a form of warfare, and then only after today's warriors become acculturated to the phenomenon of IW.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRONIC WARFARE, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *INFORMATION THEORY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, UNITED STATES, OPTIMIZATION, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE