Attacking the infrastructure: exploring potential uses of offensive information warfare
Elam, Donald Emmett.
Boger, Dan C.
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The world has entered the Third Wave; it has entered the Information Age. One of the fundamentals of this paradigm shift is the fact that information is power. The side that controls information more effectively will be victorious. Thus, countries and militaries must change their mentality in order to survive. A new form of conflict, Information Warfare, has been born. This new discipline is large, dynamic, and complex. The need exists for education among military officers and other concerned professionals throughout the country. This thesis helps to bridge the education gap. It presents a snapshot of Information Warfare today, exploring many different avenues and possibilities along the way. The first half of the document is focused on Information Warfare in general, and the second half deals specifically with the offensive side. The purpose of this thesis is not to present an all-encompassing view of Offensive Information War or eve of Information Warfare in general. The field of Information Warfare is too big for any one individual or organization to fully comprehend all of its intricacies. Indeed, due to the dynamic nature of this discipline, chances are that some, or maybe even all, of the material contained herein will be obsolescent upon publication. The goal of the thesis is to present one view of Information Warfare, as seen through the eyes of many. The hope is that some benefit will be garnered by the reader, even if it only sparks an idea or helps to understand the importance of this growing warfare dimension.
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