Accession Number : ADA329719

Title :   Information Warfare: Few Challenges for Public International Law,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Meader, Gerald H.

PDF Url : ADA329719

Report Date : 26 SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : Information Warfare is of Rising Concern A threshold question is, "Why address this issue at all?" It deserves a look because our increasing dependence on information and information technologies makes us ever more vulnerable to this attractive, elegant weapon. Dependence on the National Information Infrastructure According to a recent report by a Defense Science Board Task Force, the information infrastructure of the United States is increasingly vulnerable. Indeed, because the U.S. is so very dependent on information technology, it is one of the most vulnerable nations to IW attack. This vulnerability extends to infrastructures related to military C4I, oil and gas control, water supply, government operations, mass media, civil emergency services, transportation control, finances (national and global), and production, inventory and process controls. They are vulnerable because all of these systems use increasingly complex, interconnected network control systems. These infrastructures are also interdependent such that an attack on one could have a cascade effect on others.

Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL LAW, *INFORMATION WARFARE, TERRORISTS, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, NATIONS, UNITED STATES, CONTROL SYSTEMS, VULNERABILITY, SENSITIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, COMPUTER NETWORKS, PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MASS MEDIA, FEDERAL LAW, INFRASTRUCTURE.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems Management and Standards
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE