Accession Number : ADA331209

Title :   Using the Acquisition Process to Reduce the Vulnerability of Future Systems to Information Warfare.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Mullis, William S.

PDF Url : ADA331209

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : Information warfare (IW) is a growing concern for the United States Army. The sophisticated, high-technology modern weapons systems upon which the U.S. Army heavily relies are increasing vulnerable to IW weapons and tactics. The acquisition process plays a major role in reducing defense systems IW vulnerability. This research identifies the primary IW threats to systems during the acquisition lifecycle and what factors in the acquisition environment contribute to IW vulnerability. This research also suggests a technique for integrating IW countermeasures into the defense systems acquisition process. A primary finding of this research is that while a Program Management Office (PMO) can institute a myriad of useful countermeasures, influencing the prime contractor to establish a secure development environment is the most important action it can take in reducing the vulnerability of future systems to IW.

Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *ARMY, *INFORMATION WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTS, MANAGEMENT, WEAPON SYSTEMS, VULNERABILITY, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, LIFE CYCLES, COUNTERMEASURES.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE