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Redefining information warfare boundaries for an Army in a wireless world

Redefining information warfare boundaries for an Army in a wireless world

Porche, Isaac, 1968- author; Paul, Christopher, 1971- author

"In the U.S. Army as elsewhere, transmission of digitized packets on Internet-protocol and space-based networks is rapidly supplanting the use of old technology (e.g., dedicated analog channels) when it comes to information sharing and media broadcasting. As the Army moves forward with these changes, it will be important to identify the implications and potential boundaries of cyberspace operations. An examination of network operations, information operations, and the more focused areas of electronic warfare, signals intelligence, electromagnetic spectrum operations, public affairs, and psychological operations in the U.S. military found significant overlap that could inform the development of future Army doctrine in these areas. In clarifying the prevailing boundaries between these areas of interest, it is possible to predict the progression of these boundaries in the near future. The investigation also entailed developing new definitions that better capture this overlap for such concepts as information warfare. This is important because the Army is now studying ways to apply its cyber power and is reconsidering doctrinally defined areas that are integral to operations in cyberspace. It will also be critical for the Army to approach information operations with a plan to organize and, if possible, consolidate its operations in two realms: the psychological, which is focused on message content and people, and the technological, which is focused on content delivery and machines."--Page 4 of cover

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Isaac R. Porche III, Christopher Paul, with Michael York, Chad C. Serena, Jerry M. Sollinger, Elliot Axelband, Endy Y. Min, Bruce J. Held
ISBN: 0833078844, 0833078860, 9780833059123, 9780833078841, 9780833078865
Note: "Arroyo Center."
Note: "Prepared for the United States Army."
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Series: Rand Corporation monograph series
Subject: Cyberspace Security measures United States.; United States. Army Communication systems.; HISTORY Military Biological & Chemical Warfare.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Military doctrine United States.; Information warfare United States.; Computer networks Security measures United States Planning.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
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  1. Introduction
  2. The information environment and information warfare
  3. The problem with information operations
  4. Redefining and reorganizing information operations
  5. How electronic warfare overlaps with other areas
  6. Overlaps between public affairs and military information support operations
  7. Better integrating the technical realm
  8. Better integrating the psychological realm
  9. Conclusions and recommendations
  10. Appendix A. Existing terminology, doctrine, and ongoing studies
  11. Appendix B. Information operations in doctrine
  12. Appendix C. Issues regarding information operations as integration, advocacy, and/or a capability
  13. Appendix D. Common electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum operations tasks and overlaps
  14. Appendix E. Discussion: information operations in the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  15. Appendix F. Proposals for Navy cyber career paths and pipelines.