Accession Number : ADA328193

Title :   A Theory of Information Warfare; Preparing for 2020,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Szapranski, Richard

PDF Url : ADA328193

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : THE PROFESSION of arms in a democracy is not exempt from oversight or from consideration of just conduct, even in warfare. Where the will of the people, the moral high ground, and the technological high ground are the same, the profession will remain a useful and lofty one. If, however, the moral high ground is lost, a domino effect occurs: public support is lost, the technological high ground is lost, and the armed forces are lost. It is within this framework that this article postulates a theory of information warfare within the larger context of warfare and proposes ways to wage information warfare at the strategic and operational levels. The tools to wage information warfare are at hand, and because information weapons are such powerful weapons, both combatants and noncombatants need to be protected against them. The vulnerability to information warfare is universaL The decisions to pursue the development of information weapons or to prosecute information warfare are governmental decisions.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *INFORMATION THEORY, WEAPONS, GROUND LEVEL, WARFARE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DECISION MAKING, VULNERABILITY, SALARIES, ETHICS, UTILIZATION, DEMOCRACY, NONCOMBATANT.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE