Redefining Information Warfare Boundaries for an Army in a Wireless World

Redefining Information Warfare Boundaries for an Army in a Wireless World

Redefining Information Warfare Boundaries for an Army in a Wireless World

Redefining Information Warfare Boundaries for an Army in a Wireless World

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Since the creation of the Internet’;s predecessor, the ARPANet, the constant characteristic of the information environment has been one of kaleidoscopic change. A notable change in recent years has been the merging of the wired and wireless worlds as wireless technology becomes increasingly widespread and capable.

The rapid pace of change makes it difficult for even nimble cor; porations to keep up, and the challenge for the U.S. military is even greater. Acquiring materiel rapidly is difficult, given governmental con; trols and processes, and it is difficult to make rapid changes in the personnel structure. Thus, keeping up with major changes, such as the merging of the wired and wireless worlds, poses formidable challenges to the U.S. military.

Complicating the U.S. military’;s ability to accommodate change in the information environment is the fact that certain facets of that environment are not well understood. As a result, the organizations built to carry out military operations in the information environment are not ideal. Given that, as of this writing, the Army is revising its information operations (IO) doctrine, now is a perfect time to revisit how the Army has organized for such operations.

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