Information Control: Preserving the Advantage   [open pdf - 17MB]

From the thesis abstract: "The world has changed, and so must the character of war. The US defense establishment remains rooted in a paradigm that emerged after the dissolution of its longterm rival, the Soviet Union. However, prevailing assumptions underscoring America's approach to power projection and employment are quickly losing their relevance. After the Cold War, the world witnessed mass proliferation and commercialization of information systems, creating complex (and man-made) information environments upon which US national security now wholly depends. Moreover, this reliance developed in a relatively permissive operational environment, raising expectations on the availability of information networks and subsequently shaping US defense policy, strategy, and doctrine. As the twenty-first century progresses, potential adversaries--having spent decades observing US operations--now have the capacity to neutralize US advantages, particularly through the denial or disruption of space and cyberspace networks, the backbone of information environments, or infospheres. If the United States intends to preserve its way of life and ability to project power in the twenty-first century, it must deliberately establish a comprehensive and prioritized information control strategy that serves as the foundation for a new way of warfare. To gain the advantage in tomorrow's war, an information control strategy should first focus on the identification and protection of the infospheres that enable national endeavors. By extension, adoption of integrated space and cyberspace control strategies (designed to secure freedom of access, maneuverability, and exploitation of the infospheres they form) sets the necessary condition for information control and preserves America's power in the twenty-first century."

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