Information Domain as an Element of National Power   [open pdf - 64KB]

"For the past several decades, doctrine within the Department of Defense (DoD) has articulated that Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economics (DIME) are the four sources of national power. In this article, I will demonstrate that the information component of this DIME model is not being effectively used by the United States and we are falling behind our potential adversaries when using the information domain for national security. During the cold war era, the information aspect of the DIME concept was more focused on strategic communications and propaganda rather than the full information spectrum. However because of the advances in technology, the information domain has become a new environment in which nations, groups and individuals can operate and advance national security objectives-similar to land, sea or air. Basic communication models in the past included sender, receiver, transmission medium and message as separate and distinct components. Due to the significant advances in information technology, the information domain combines the previous four elements and is enabled by a variety of mediums to include the internet, radio waves, satellite communications, wireless networks, etc. The combination of these elements has formed the information domain."

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Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil/
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Strategic Insights (January 2009), v.3 no.1
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