National Security Strategy and Information Warfare   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This paper examines how the National Security Strategy (NSS) and its new subcomponent, the National Security Science and Technology Strategy (NSS&TS) address Information Warfare. The Executive Branch has put the Department of Defense (DOD) on the front lines of the national effort to define and build a National Information Infrastructure (NII). The Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) is described in its relationship to the NII. Two Information systems of the DoD are then examined. They are: Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (ECEDI) and the Defense Message System (DMS). They are described non-technically to press home three points. First, Information is a national strategic asset and that using it and protecting it should be national priorities. Second, the world and the United States are becoming extremely interconnected and interdependent during this Information Age. This represents a new dimension of warfare and national security across all levels of conflict and all locations of the battlespace. The NSS and the NSS&TS should explicitly recognize Information Warfare, probably under a different diplomatically acceptable name. Third, the Administration recognizes these trends and has accounted for them in the NSS even if not explicitly recognized."

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