Information Warfare and Cyberwar: Capabilities and Related Policy Issues [March 14, 2003] [open pdf - 79KB]
Military planning is shifting away from the Cold War view that power is derived from platforms, and more toward the view that combat power can be enhanced by communications networks and technologies that control access to, and directly manipulate information. As a result, information itself is now both a tool and a target of warfare. An important objective of using technology is to control the flow of information, and through deception or blockage, reduce the ability or willingness of an adversary to fight. As concepts emerge, this new use of technology is referred to by several names; information warfare, cyberwar, and netwar. This report describes the emerging areas of information warfare and cyberwar in the context of U.S. national security. It assesses known U.S. capabilities and plans, suggests related policy issues of potential interest to Congress, and tracks relevant current legislation. Additional reports are planned for specific information warfare issues. This report will be updated to accommodate significant changes.
CRS Report for Congress, RL31787