Information Operations and Cyberwar: Capabilities and Related Policy Issues [Updated September 14, 2006] [open pdf - 83KB]
"This report describes the emerging areas of information operations in the context of U.S. national security. It assesses known U.S. capabilities and plans, and suggests related policy issues of potential interest to Congress. This report will be updated to accommodate significant changes. Several public policy issues that Congress may choose to consider include whether the United States should: encourage or discourage international arms control for cyber-weapons, as other nations increase their cyber capabilities; modify U.S. cyber-crime legislation to conform to international agreements that make it easier to track and find cyber attackers; engage in covert psychological operations potentially affecting domestic audiences; or, create new regulation to hasten improvements to computer security for the nation's privately-owned critical infrastructure. This report describes Department of Defense capabilities for conducting military information operations, and gives an overview of related policy issues."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31787