Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare

Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare

Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare

Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare

Synopsis

Advanced information technologies will have a profound effect on our national security. Driven by the need to understand this revolution and to take steps towards defending against information attack, the editors provided this thorough examination of information warfare, with implications for the U.S. and other countries.

Excerpt

The effects of new information technologies are all around us. Change is abundant in everything from the computers on our desks to the cell phones in our pockets. For the most part, we welcome these changes and the improvements they herald in our lives. These changes have also affected the global balance of power in favor of the United States.

But along with the blessings and opportunities come dangers. Information that is readily available is available to friend and foe alike; a system that relies on communication can become useless if its ability to communicate is interfered with or destroyed. Because this reliance is so general, attacks on the information infrastructure can have widespread effects, both for the military and for society. and such attacks can come from a variety of sources, some difficult or impossible to identify. This book focuses on the opportunities and vulnerabilities inherent in the increasing reliance on information technology, looking both at its usefulness to the warrior and the need to protect its usefulness for everyone.

While the work was carried out under the auspices of the Strategy and Doctrine program of RAND's Project air force, which is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, this volume draws on the expertise of researchers from across rand in a variety of related disciplines. the primary audience of this work consists of Air Force leaders and planners, but it should be of interest to others interested in national security issues and information technology.

The Strategic Appraisal series is intended to review, for a broad audience, issues bearing on national security and defense planning.

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