Accession Number : ADA322532

Title :   Information War and the Air Force: Wave of the Future? Current Fad?

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Buchan, Glenn

PDF Url : ADA322532

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : 'Information War,' in all of its actual and semantic variations, is a very hot topic these days. The subject has received considerable attention in a variety of forums: serious analysis for professionals, popularized accounts for lay audiences, pop futurology, and post-Cold War melodramas. The national security bureaucracy is currently very active in this arena, with all of the military services and various civilian agencies and their supporting analytical organizations (including RAND) establishing centers for information warfare, writing position papers, and generally grappling with the problem of how to cope with the information revolution and its consequences. There is good news and bad news in the surge of interest in information warfare. The good news is that the public discussion could heighten the awareness of policy-makers to information-related issues and possibly help focus policy-level debates. Recognizing the importance of using information effectively in war is hardly news-Sun Tzu, for example, covered the subject over 2000 years ago. Moreover, there have been continuing, well established efforts in the national security community in many critical information-related areas electronic combat, computer and communications security, intelligence collection of all sorts, etc.-that long predate the current interest in information warfare.

Descriptors :   *WARFARE, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR FORCE, INTELLIGENCE, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES, DATA ACQUISITION, WRITING, AWARENESS, SECURE COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE