Establishing viable and effective information warfare capability in developing nations based on the U.S. model
Niazi, Ashar Ahmed Khan
Fisher, Edward L.
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Information Warfare (IW) is a reality of the 21st century. With the advancements in computer technology and innovations in information systems and networks, information has become a forceful weapon and an element of national power. Consequently, the conduct of war in this age has been greatly affected by the manner in which the information is treated by the opposing forces. The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has been aggressively formulating doctrine and policy on the subject since the early 1990s. The study of this evolution offers guidelines to other coalition partners who may wish to make their own organizations effective and viable by incorporating changes to suit their scale and scope of operations. IW, now called information operations in the U.S. DoD, is the amalgamation of multiple independent and diverse capabilities. It will be explored that some of the latest IW capabilities may make less of a contribution in developing countries where organizations are less dependent on advanced information systems and communication networks in the cyber domain. This thesis will describe U.S. IO implementation methodology and in the end identify feasible IW capabilities in the backdrop of developing countries. A simplistic IW operational model will also be presented for consideration in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaigns.
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