National Security in the Information Age   [open pdf - 54KB]

"The information age has been in full swing long enough to permit a broad assessment of its effects on U.S. national security. This burst in human ability, owing to rapid growth in the processing of data and sharing of knowledge, is proving beneficial in three ways. First, it is improving the international security environment by spreading the ideals of freedom, putting oppressive state power on the defensive or out of business, and helping long-poor societies modernize. Second, it is enhancing the power of the United States at the expense of nations opposed to its principles and interests, by increasing the strategic value of free markets, science, and technology. Third, it is altering warfare in a way that will enable the United States to protect its interests and international peace at an acceptable risk, despite the spread of weapons of mass destruction. This article finds that the contributions to security of the information revolution are profound, cumulative, and sustainable, and the dangers serious but manageable. It surveys both the contributions and the dangers and concludes with some thoughts on how to encourage the former and avert the latter."

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Naval War College Review (Autum 1998), v.51 no.4, p.22-41
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