The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy

The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy

The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy

The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy

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This report builds on what we have accomplished so far in a set of studies, since 1991, about future military affairs (cyberwar), societal-level conflict and crime (netwar), and information strategy (see the Bibliography for relevant citations). Here we advance the idea of “noopolitik” (nli-oh-poh-li-teek), a new approach to statecraft based principally on the primacy of ideas, values, laws, and ethics, as enabled by the emergence of the noosphere (an allencompassing realm of the mind), to extend our research agenda in a new direction.

Primarily of interest to U.S. policymakers and strategists, this report will also interest those in academia and think tanks concerned with how the information revolution is altering the conditions for and conduct of strategy.

This study was prepared for a project on information strategy. The project was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense/Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (OASD/C31), and was conducted within both the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center and the International Security and Defense Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute (NDRI). NDRI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, and the defense agencies.

John Arquilla U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA 93943 (408) 656–3450 jarquilla@nps.navy.mil

David Ronfeldt RAND Santa Monica, CA 90407–2138 (310) 393–0411 ronfeldt@rand.org

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